Bouncing around
September 2021 | Young & Sober!

Bouncing around

In high school, her drunken stagger earned her the nickname “Pinball.” But once she got to AA she won the game

My friends in high school knew I was a drunk. In my senior year, they even voted me as the one most likely to end up living on a park bench. I laughed all that off, just as I’d laughed off my nickname—“Pinball.” I earned it because I often staggered down the school hallways, literally bouncing off the walls. Inside though, I felt shame and embarrassment. I didn’t want to be known as a drunk any more than I wanted to be a drunk.


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