“Drink! Drink! Drink!” But I resisted !!!

In high school, I would go out with my friends, and sometimes I would drink a little—a sip of beer here, another there. I would just do what the others were doing, and I didn't even like it that much. During that time I began to study Christian Science, and I simply stopped drinking. Drinking was not what I really wanted. I felt it wasn't right for me, and it wasn't difficult to stop.

When I got to college, the upperclassmen took me to a bar, along with the other freshmen. I didn't want to drink anything alcoholic, so I asked for a soda. But an upperclassman gave me a glass of “pinga,” a cheap kind of hard liquor. I refused, but he said, “Drink!”

I answered, “No.”

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