From the March 2011 magazine.

Web Exclusive: White Wine Did the Job

From a childhood of fear to years of heavy drinking, she finally found AA in Paris

"Ooh la la, I'm sober!"

I was born into a French family, in Algeria, in a civil war. There was chaos, permanent anxiety, bombs, murder, corpses on the pavement for mothers to pretend they weren’t there, as they walked by holding their children’s hands. Denial for survival, for sanity.

Age 5½, I was one in a mass exodus of one million people across the Mediterranean, to France. My family was lucky to...

-- Caroline C.