Laura says alcohol has been pervasive in her family; she even recently learned that when her family first arrived in the New World, they operated a whiskey importing business. Laura’s childhood was even more complicated; her bi-polar mother entered in a major depression when Laura was born. Her father worked, forcing him to be absent. Her father hired a male caretaker for both her and her mother. He would drink in their home too, and only years later would Laura admit to himself that this caretaker would sexually abuse her.
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