Kings Cross Life - Ben's story





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Published on Dec 10, 2012

Ben is 22 and used to be a glassy in the cross, until binge drinking took over his life and he lost everything. Follow Ben as he walks his previous path and see how he has managed to change his life for the better.

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I actually came from a background, where didn't really abuse alcohol in High School or anything like that, university really just opened up the door for that. After uni, it started to turn into a job, and from a job it turned into a way of life. I think Kings Cross is, is a place with a lot of potential, potential to have fun, potential to get into trouble. The time that I was in the cross, I was just a glassy, as soon as night time rolled around, it was like cool, work for a bit and then out to the clubs, out to get as many drinks down as possible. Ended up getting to the point where, I was very dependent on it. By the time I got to that point I was no longer communicating with my uni mates, I didn't want to go out with them. I just wanted to go out with the people that I drank with. And I had pushed my parents away to the point where I tended to tell my mother that I don't care about you anymore. I couldn't say that I was really driving around sober, unfortunately, it wasn't, it was something that I am probably not proud about today. I lost my job and I was too embarrassed to go back to uni. I was sleeping in my car, I had nothing, I only had the car, and by that point I was even thinking about selling that. It got to the point where you sort of realize are making those obviously bad decisions if you were standing from the outside. And you got to take ownership of the fact that you are not who you are when you are drinking; you brain actually does start to think differently. There needs to be a sense of respect for alcohol. Nowadays I use exercise, or I just take time out with mates and go for surfs, you know, just having a good time, maybe having one. More recently I will be getting married in eighteen days to my lovely fiancé. Alcohol does take such a huge hole in your life. If you feel you don't know what is going on, you are in a place where you need to think I probably need to slow down.


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