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An oldtimer reflects on getting sober at a young age
Arriving battered and hopeless in AA back in 1983, I was a 25-year-old with all the concerns and unhealthy attitudes that plague some young alcoholics.
I didn't seem to belong in the sober world, but no longer could hide out with active drunks in darkened barrooms. I'd never really fit in with my age group during junior high or high school, but new in AA I also felt out of place in meetings surrounded by gray- and white-haired old-timers. After all, I'd been hanging out with blackout drunks, guys who thrived on 151-proof rum, car races by beer-fueled drivers, petty vandalism,...
-- Don S.
Someone to Watch Over Me
A member considers the vulnerability of young people in the rooms
His ambivalence about sobriety ended with a series of violent sprees
The Problem with Pronouns
A member tackles the contention that the Big Book is biased toward men
He moved into a new building and came into contact with AA