From the July 2018 magazine.

Freedom is sweet

He was way too cool for AA in prison, but the sober guys in the yard had something that got his attention

I grew up in a small town in Georgia. As a child, I thought the whole world drank. My folks drank and everyone we knew did.

I can’t tell you when I first started drinking, but they tell me I was in diapers. My ma used to give me a shot of liquor when I was a baby. I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t drinking. I stole from the liquor cabinet and the fridge and finished unfinished drinks after the adults passed out. I sometimes broke into houses just to get something to drink.

-- Jim H.

Zephyr Hills, Florida

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