From the September 2007 magazine.

Stress In The City

A student thrives with support

I have often heard that sobriety and school do not mix well. We students are faced with the pressure of a full schedule of classes, extracurricular activities, hours of homework, and impossibly long research papers. We're expected to create and maintain an active social life, and to find time to eat and sleep somewhere in a twenty-four-hour day that's already bursting at the seams.

In high school, I had several healthy outlets for this stress. I loved music and participated in orchestras, choirs, and jazz bands. I also took dance, art, and acting classes. Alcohol, however, was the only remedy that seemed to work. When I was drunk, I didn't care about stress. I didn't care about anything. I was so good at not caring that I stopped going to school altogether! Alcohol, and the consequences of abusing it, consumed every minute of my day, and demanded my full-time attention.

-- Laura S.

Brooklyn, New York

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