“People Started Referring To Me As A Monster.” A Gay Man’s Struggle With Alcohol

Like many people, Alexander Kacala started drinking in early adulthood. He drank when he went to the bars and used it as a social lubricant. It wasn’t until people started commenting on his behavior while drinking that he realized he might have a problem. Alexander recalls:

And soon I really started getting in these ridiculous arguments and fights with people and people started referring to me as a monster, they would say to me, “Wow, I’ve never seen anyone do that and it was scary and the type of person you became was a monster.”

After a long night out of drinking, Alexander decided to drive himself home. After falling asleep while driving, he ended up crashing into parked cars. The accident resulted not only in a trip to the hospital, but to jail, where he met a cellmate who became an unexpected source of sage advice.

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Will Savage

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