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Grapevine : January 2011
STANDING MY first drinking experi- ence happened at 16. I had just wanted to catch a buzz. Instead of a buzz, I got plastered. It was not long until passing out became a common occurrence for me---as did drunk driving. Humiliating behavior from the night before lead to feelings of remorse. This pattern of drinking continued throughout college. Drink- ing didn't stop me from earning good grades, so I never considered my "partying" a problem. After college, I moved to Brook- lyn with my childhood best friend. We were both designers, dreaming of being successful in the city. However, I struggled with finding work and ad- justing to city life. My alcoholism progressed more rapidly while living in New York. Dur- ing the first couple years in Brooklyn, I explored many new bars with my friends. I drank mostly on weekends and a couple of times during the week. This didn't seem excessive to me. However, I started experiencing A suicidal leap was her first step toward recovery POWERLESS 26 January 2011