Daniel says he led a sheltered childhood in a Midwestern town and raised an evangelical Christian. At the age of 15 he “escaped” to another town, leading to his first drinking experience in addition to his first driving experience! When pulled over by police that night, he was able to talk himself out of trouble. Daniel graduated high school at 16, went to college, where he started drinking more and doing drugs. The next year, Daniel got married, only to divorce while still aged seventeen. He would hold this pace until he felt, at age 20, his alcoholism had gotten the better of him.