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Adam Cashen's story was tough to read. I was struck by the detail that he was a heavy drinker/partier; that drinking can be found in so many stories of personal dissolution.

People frequently get drunk in order to feel more sure of themselves socially, and to feel happier than they otherwise do.Frequent or heavy drinking aggrivates and agitates deep seated fears and it compounds sadness, depression, and confusion. Completing an ugly cir cle, once these bad feelings become enhanced, more drink is semingly required. There is more to be said about the link between alchol consumption and mood disorders; between alchol and suicide. In many of these tragedies, booze is less a secondary detail, than a central issue. Drinking as a coping strategy is a dangerous activity that's led to inumerable fatalities and broken lives.

I would be nowhere without The Coast each week, yours is a great paper. It does bother me the preponderance of ads aimed at young folks inciting them to drink (that fuckin' pirate Captain Morgan character has got to go).

Thanks for sensitively bringing to light a terribly sad event. It's an important story. Adam's life is important. Yes to the jump barrier on the Macdonald bridge.

By Jock Sloat

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