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Every day was exactly the same. Except one
I remember asking my mother what I was like as a child. She said that I was typical—inquisitive and like all other children—anxious to find out what made things tick.
Probably the biggest mistake of my life was to be curious about alcohol and to understand why people were so attracted to it. My father and mother drank, as did my grandfather and grandmother. I don't remember any teetotalers in the crowd. They would sit around and play cards or talk about the radical changes the world was taking and drink.
I started drinking in my teens and, as I was told centuries...
-- Eric A.
Fourth and Vine
He had spent 20 years of his life at the bar on the corner until one winter day
Into the Wide World
An old timer talks about how vital service was for her in staying sober and rebuilding her life
River of Shadows
Sometimes it is in the darkest places that the light is most visible
The Question of When
It wasn't clear when he crossed that line and maybe it doesn't matter