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Alexander Toums

Alexander Toums is a writer and facilitator. Previously a high school teacher, he is now a freelance writer and emerging (and optimistic) novelist. Alex also facilitates rite of passage journeys and adventure camps for young people and adults in the Australian bush. He holds a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) and a Master of Teaching (Psychology & English). You can read more of his creative writing at

Jan 06, 2019

Tearing down the scaffolds: Masculinity, authenticity and alcohol

By Alexander Toums

Alcohol was the scaffolding I used to support my transition into manhood. It helped me to deal with the frightening reality of the world and my changing place within it. … As fun as the good times were, I wish I could’ve found another way.