Ray says alcohol would help he feel better about himself. He never liked his life, even as a child. He learned to drink in his youth, by watching his father and other adults. Even as a senior citizen now, his uncle still sits in his shed and drinks. He got an athletic scholarship to a private prep school but got expelled sophomore year, all related to drinking. His first rehab visit occurred at age 16, as he was not only drinking excessively, but stealing his sick mother’s tranquilizers. But his abuse resumed following his departure from the facility. In his late teens, his father set him away to ensure he didn’t embarrass the family.