Marianne thinks that even if she never picked up a drink, she would still be an alcoholic. She’s not sure of when her first drink happened, but alcohol was always present in her home growing up. Even at dinner parties, her alcoholic parents provided her, as a child, with her own wine glass. Her problem drinking, however, began in high school. Marianne intended to become a nun, but at age 18 she had a cocktail and was easily convinced to take time to have fun first. She soon found herself drinking all the time, even as she entered college. Even after college, her drinking continued despite health problems. One night, with friends, she got so drunk she blacked out. She woke up with horrible scratches on her legs from crawling over a barbed wire fence.
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