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Grapevine : May 2011
I started drinking in my teens and immediately began suf- fering blackouts and experiencing profound behavior changes. Alcohol changed the way I acted and how I felt and, although I experienced guilt for some of my actions, I loved what it did for me. I was able to come out of my shell and express my thoughts without fear and apprehension. I said and did as I pleased, offending as I went, with no regard for others or myself. Originally, I could stop drinking for months at a time, waiting for a “special occasion” to begin again. OUR PERSONAL STORIES Slow bottom Drinking at work meant he was an alcoholic, so he quit the job 42 May 2011 GRAPE_42-44.indd 42 4/4/11 1:04 PM