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June 2011: Drinking in Parks with Friends

What started innocently, eventually almost killed him

"We commenced to party every Friday and Saturday night, gaining a wild reputation."

I started drinking in parks with friends. Since I looked oldest, I was the one who bought the alcohol. Soon, I’d had enough of drinking in parks and acquired a new set of friends, who I felt were cooler. I felt privileged they had accepted me as part of the “in” scene.

We commenced to party every Friday and Saturday night, gaining a wild reputation. I wanted to live up to my older brother’s reputation, being tough and funny. I was neither. I felt different and inadequate. So I turned away from the “in” scene, becoming a lone wolf. Drinking during the day became... Login to read more
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