Originally published September 12, 2017 at 03:13a.m., updated September 12, 2017 at 03:13a.m.
TEHRAN -- For most of his life, alcohol rehab for Mehdi consisted of regular stretches in prison and lashings that left dark marks on his back. Now, at 36, he has prematurely gray hair, but, with the help of an Alcoholics Anonymous group, he swears he has finally stopped drinking.
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