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Alcohol Dependence Underage Drinking Stan Bailey Hank Williams Jr recorded a song years ago titled Whiskey Bent and Hell Bound At one time that song was a fairly good description of my life There are many things in modern society that influence our life some good and some bad As the song implies one of the negative influences that society had on my life was alcohol dependence Alcohol dependence results from many different factors one of which is underage drinking I first started drinking alcohol when I was about 8 years old Anytime I saw a drink if someone wasnt looking I would get several swallows as quick as I could Later my brother who was six years older than me would sneak me a drink occasionally By the time I was ten years old I would go running around with my brother and his friends They were all drinking and they always got a big kick out of watching me get drunk I continued drinking and was going to bars in Oklahoma by the time I was thirteen I stopped drinking for about 3 years but by then many of my friends were drinking so once again I was exposed to peer pressure which resulted in my picking up where I left off By the time I was a senior in high school my beer was like an American Express card I didnt go anywhere without it After I graduated from high school I joined the United States Navy In the Navy drinking is part of the status quo Even though drinking was expected from us I was drinking so much that I was sent to see a substance abuse counsellor They asked me several questions which if I would have told them the truth would definitely have caused me to be put into treatment By the time I was discharged from the Navy my room-mate and I were drinking three cases
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