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Web Exclusive: I Choose Not to Drink
The Third Tradition's concept of a desire to stop drinking kept him sober one day at a time for 35 years
"At the time, I was 26 years old, had a wonderful supporting wife and a beautiful baby girl, a job, and yet, I was a drunk."
I quit drinking on September 1, 1976. Though it was a long time ago, it was the most important moment in my life. At the time, I was 26 years old, had a wonderful supporting wife and a beautiful baby girl, a job, and yet, I was a drunk. My last day out drinking began ordinarily enough.
I was out to lunch with my in-laws who I loved dearly. My father-in-law was a big part of my life. We had lunch and were drinking and having fun. As the day went on, the lunch turned into a drinking afternoon which turned into us moving from the restaurant to a bar down the street where we continued...
-- Gary C.
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