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When she needed help she remembered a movie she'd seen that mentioned AA

I picked up my first drink at 13 years old. It was the day before starting high school and we had just moved back to the city. I knew no one and felt very alone and insecure. Someone had given my parents a case of homemade beer which hadn't quite fully fermented yet. I decided I would like to try one. I don't recall how many I drank (probably no more than 2 or 3) but I went into a blackout and tried to drown myself in the canal across the street from our home.

My drinking progressed over the next 20 years to daily drinking, isolation, loss of 2 marriages, loss of self respect and self esteem, more attempts at suicide, visits to psychiatrists and psych wards, prescription drug abuse and not knowing how to handle life.

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