I don’t remember where I read this, but I’ve been thinking about it lately. I read that wherever you are in life when you begin drinking heavily (or using drugs), that your emotional development is arrested at that point and you don’t mature emotionally the way you should. I can relate to this in a way because I was always a VERY shy and insecure person and started drinking in high school. When I was drinking I was able to loosen up and talk to people and not worry about every word that came out of my mouth or if what I was wearing was fashionable or if my hair looked nice, etc. I could let go for once and feel relaxed and like I really fit in. I’m not as insecure as I used to be but it’s still there, except when I’m drinking. What do you all think of this theory?