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Published March 2014.

Living Big

An AA shares his thoughts on sobriety after going to a local Round-up

Last year, the theme of a local Round-up was "Sobriety Our First Priority." That topic really put things into perspective. Shortly before, I attended a meeting where a fellow from Louisiana said the word "slip" was an acronym for "sobriety lost its priority." And our priorities are what we actually do with our time. I can't build a contented sobriety based on what I plan on doing, I have to base it on what I am doing in our program.

I had my first drink, got drunk, sick, passed out and blacked out at age 17. My last drink, of which I have no recollection, was shortly after I turned 30. During those years, every time I drank I got drunk. I was never a social drinker. I was a binge drinker. I never drank when I worked. The intervals between binges were unpredictable.

-- Ken A.

Pender Island, British Columbia, Canada

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