Category - Young People/College

Never Made it to the Keg Party

Tom’s first drink was at age sixteen. For him, drinking and getting drunk was a rite of passage. He blames mostly his father, who to this day is still an active drinker. But at the time, Tom thought being an alcoholic was...

Easy for a Minor to Obtain

Charlie first started drinking at age 12 and got sober by nineteen. That first drink came in his mother’s kitchen, when he swiped two swigs of vodka. Charlie thought it tastes horrible but within a coupe of weeks he was...

International Waters

Eric’s first drink at 18 years of age ushered him into a world of alcohol and all the wonders he thought the drug could bring.  He was on a family cruise, and once the ship entered international waters, Eric was able to buy...

Couldn’t Even Stay Clean

Mike’s first drink came when he was 12 or 13 years old.  He had no hobbies, played no school sports, and had friends who in retrospect he calls “derelicts.”  Mike follows his friends leads, drinking and abusing...

Justin Luke Riley

Justin Luke Riley serves as president and CEO of Young People in Recovery (YPR). YPR is a national grassroots organization focused on peer-to-peer services for young people in, or seeking, recovery from substance use disorder...

Never Had A Legal Drink

Jenn has yet to buy alcohol lawfully, having gotten sober by age 19.  She spent the previous five years drinking, however.  Jenn’s family were all sober alcoholics, and she feared her parents would send her straight to a...

Moral Barrier

Born and raised in Birmingham, Ala., Lee grew up with a family that never drank or smoke.  He says his parents were very strict, and he never saw his parents ever take a sip of an alcoholic beverage.  But at age 12, Lee’s...

Family Bar

Michelle’s first drink alone was at age 11. Her family home was complete with a bar that was never locked. She came home from school one day and found an open bottle of wine in the kitchen fridge, and so she tasted it. She felt...

Teenage Sneaky Drinker

Jenn returns to re-tell her story of teenage alcoholism.  She had her first drink in her first week of her freshman year in High School, but she had wanted to drink for a long time leading up to it. She was too scared to drink at...

Stealing Pills

Aaron was always rebellious, even as a young child. At 13 he started smoking marijuana and drinking at 14. He quickly discovered how easy it was to steal pills from friends’ bathroom cabinets. Aaron says he was addicted to...

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