In high school I got caught up in a culture of drinking and smoking cigarettes. The teens in my community spent a lot of time at football games, basketball games, and parties, where alcohol was often present. It was early on that I started drinking, and that led to smoking.
I was tired of a lifestyle of social drinking and smoking and the endless cycle of meaningless outings.
My friends and I would always find a way to get alcohol, and almost every weekend involved parties and kegs. Things weren’t any different in college, or even after college. By the time I was in my twenties, I was smoking somewhere between two and three packs of cigarettes a day and going out several times a week after work for drinks. But it was getting old. Honestly, I was tired of a lifestyle of social drinking and smoking and the endless cycle of meaningless outings. I began to look for something different.