From the October 2017 magazine.

Out of gas

A mother recalls how she used to wait outside the liquor store and wonder how people lived their lives

As a kid, I was given every opportunity to succeed, to lead a healthy and happy life. But for reasons I don’t understand, I became an alcoholic. What’s more, I believe I was destined to be one. 

As a child and young adult, I was plagued by fear and self-pity. I felt like I had been given skin two sizes too small and I was constantly trying to crawl out of it.

-- Mollie M.

Boone, N.C., USA

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