Growing up in Manhattan, in New York City, Alana went to all the best schools. She and her friends all came from affluent families residing on Park Avenue. Alana thinks her first drug was food; she ate to feel good about herself, but her weight gains caused her to binge-and-purge and try cigarettes to lose weight. Her drinking started with those friends during teenage years; despite being underage they were all able to get into bars. One night, she and her friend stopped at every bar they could find on one street in New York. Miles later, she was vomiting in the streets. Despite the gross feelings at first, Alana felt great after.