From the November 2013 magazine.

November 2013: The Tough Girl

Part Marilyn Monroe,part Albert Einstein— and part Superwoman

I came from an alcoholic family and was dead set against drinking as a result. We moved around a lot before I was 12. I had lived in Rhode Island, Tennessee, California and Massachusetts. I was alone a lot and neglected. I always felt guilty and bad. I was ripe for alcoholism.

When my mother and her third husband bought a home, it was the first time that I felt as though I had roots. There were three girls on our cul-de-sac that were around my age. One, who lived next door, drank and smoked cigarettes. I was desperate to fit in, so one weekend when my parents were away, I decided to try booze. It took less than 30 seconds for me to fall madly in love with it. It made me feel like Marilyn Monroe, Albert Einstein and Superwoman!

-- Cindy B.

Harwich, Massachusetts

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