Jerry grew up in a Midwestern, fundamentalist family. There was no alcohol in his family growing up, but was drawn to alcohol. Upon coming of age, he drank in order o get drunk. He also experimented with marijuana, LSD and other drugs. But alcohol was the substance to which he would constantly return. While Jerry didn’t think of it at the time, he feels he became an alcoholic instantly. He was getting drunk every night, and he would convince himself his drinking was manageable. Jerry would marry, become a father, and continue to drink despite his professional life falling apart. He soon would be unable to earn a living and in trouble with the law.
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