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 booze unlike in the U.S. where the age is 21. He drank at first in order to irk his parents, who had organized a family trip on the cruise line and Eric had no desire to be there. But he spent the voyage carrying alcohol bottles the entire time and he learned how much more comfortable in his own skin he could feel while intoxicated. Returning form the trip, he spent all his efforts on getting “of age” people to buy him alcohol until he turned 21 and could do it himself. But drinking lead Eric to hard drugs, which eventually caused him to lose the ability to have friendships and relationships.
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