At age eighteen, Eric took a cruise with his family. When the ship entered international waters, he learned he could legally buy booze on his own while on-board. It ushered him into a world of alcohol and all the wonders he thought the drug could bring. First, he drank just to irk his parents on their organized family trip. But he spent the voyage carrying alcohol bottles the entire time, learning 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 when could do it himself. But drinking lead Eric to hard drugs, which eventually caused him to lose friendships and relationships.