Ken’s first drink came at age four, swigging sweet red wine at his parent’s Christmas party. Ken remembers feeling funny and getting caught by grandma. In his teens, he and his friends would steel booze from family but didn’t drink excessively. But it wasn’t until his later teen years that Ken would use alcohol to work up the courage to ask girls out. Shortly later, while away at university, Ken’s drinking became full-forced to the point he failed out of school. Following school, working in forestry, Ken found reasons to drink on the job. Sobriety came and went, usually when Ken would try that red wine again, just like as he did as a child. Alcoholism brought Ken legal troubles and it was a phone call to a union help line that Ken credits for finding hope.