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Giving up alcohol boosted my mental health

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depression, including staying in bed all day and cancelling plans with friends. As a teenager my dramatic mood swings manifested in hysterical tears, aggression and violence.I started drinking alcohol at 13 years old.

Imagine suburban house parties with no parental supervision and too much alcohol. Girls in very little clothing, stumbling around the ground floor of a complete stranger’s five-bedroom Surrey mansion.

I repeated this pattern every weekend until I left for university. I used alcohol to help with confidence and self-esteem.During the latter part of my teenage years I had suicidal thoughts, where I just didn’t want to be here anymore.

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