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I’ve never considered myself someone who had a problem. I can go days, weeks without drinking. I made a decision last year to quit drinking for the New Year and went three months sober until a vacation to The Philippines and $1 beers caused me to convince myself that I couldn’t miss out on a deal that great.

Even still, alcoholic culture has never resonated with me because drinking never destroyed me the way I’d seen it do to those around me I loved…