From the August 1998 magazine.

Your Move

A Question of Wisdom

Responses from readers concerning the article in the January 1998 issue: "Meetings, Meetings, Meetings?"

I understand that as "our meeting in print," you have an obligation to print articles reflecting the diversity of our Fellowship. I enjoy reading the many various opinions and stories your readers submit. While I may not agree with every article in the Grapevine, I'm able to respect the value of the individual's drinking or sobriety experiences. However, I question the wisdom of your decision to print "Meetings, Meetings, Meetings?" Call me "mercilessly sectarian," but I believe the importance of attending meetings can in no way be underestimated. In my own experience, I have made the observation that several AA members who chose to pick up a drink again first made the decision not to attend meetings anymore. It was explained to me that people who attend AA meetings on a regular basis have a far greater chance of staying sober than those who do not. While it is not my place to cast judgment on anyone's way of staying sober, I think the choice not to attend meetings is more than foolish, it is potentially fatal.

-- Peter W.

West Chester, Pennsylvania

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