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“Where’s the problem in my life? … The one consistent thing that was there was alcohol”

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Young man standing in front of his garage

As a young person in the bodyboarding community, Tyler became immersed in the partying and alcohol culture that came along with it. But alcohol didn’t just remain a social thing – Tyler came to associate alcohol as a ‘reward’, giving himself ‘permission’ to drink often. 

Alcohol took over his mental health, and he realised he couldn’t cope anymore. Tyler knew it was now or never – he had to change before it was too late. 

With a resolve to cut alcohol completely out of his life, Tyler has now been sober since 2020. He has once again reconnected with himself and the ocean. 

Watch Tyler’s journey of how he took back control of his life.

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