Macklemore is the new creative director for CLEAN Cause Sparkling Yerba Mate, a beverage company with a mission to support people in recovery. The partnership comes at a time when alcohol use is rising and overdose deaths are at an all-time high. CLEAN Cause donates 50% of its net profits to help people in recovery, a cause the rapper is passionate about. This is his story.
I first took a drink of alcohol when I was 14 years old. I stole it from my parents’ liquor cabinet, which was above the refrigerator. I had one shot and I wondered what two would feel like. And then I had two and I wondered what four would feel like.
I took 12 shots of vodka by myself. I probably weighed 130 pounds. I ended up on a bus downtown, then in a McDonald’s, where I threw up in a trash can and had to run from the cops. That was my first experience drinking. From the very start, I had the allergy where one wasn’t enough, and once I started, I couldn’t stop. ...
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