From the March 2013 magazine.

March 2013: In Black and White

Just when her life was falling apart, a mom reads good news in the Sunday paper

I took my first drink my freshman year of high school while attending a “keg” party out at Hillsdale Lake. I remember it was in a plastic beer cup and half of it was foam. I was with a friend who was also 14 at the time. I wish I could say I didn’t like it, but that would be a lie. I loved the idea of drinking it, the flavor, and, yes, even the foam. If I had only known!

Through my teenage years, I consumed a six-pack of beer every night. On weekend nights I drank as much as a case. I even drank beer when I participated at sporting events, such as volleyball and softball tournaments. After I graduated from high school, I went off to college, where for the first time other people my age drank as much as I did. My weekends consisted of going to the bars and drinking all night long.

-- Erin S.

Olathe, Kansas

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