From the April 2014 magazine.

I Better Get a Kiss Out of This

Lucky for him, a romantic night out took a very strange turn

I never thought I had a drinking problem. Everybody drank a lot in the Army. On a Friday night at the officers’ club, everybody drank more than they should have, and by the end of the evening I was usually still ready to keep going. I never really thought I drank differently from most people. I was always at work on time, and even though it took a couple cups of coffee to get me going, by noon I was always feeling OK.

However, I did notice that even when I had no intention of having more than a glass or two of wine at dinner, I would end up having a bottle or two. That bothered me a little, but at my favorite piano bar in Carmel, Calif., it was not unusual to see many others do the same thing.

-- George K.

Magnolia, Texas

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