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Published August 2014.

One Beautiful Spring Evening

A long drinking career came to an end one night in her driveway

I was stunned when I received my nine-month chip because it was the longest I had been sober in 40 years. For much of my drinking career, I was a periodic, binge drinker. That made it easier for me to deny my alcoholism. I was a binge drinker until I wasn’t anymore. That’s when I became a daily drinker.

I had been drinking since the age of 15, when I had my first drink. I was at some boy’s family camp in northern Michigan, where I was raised. I was eager to both lose myself and get out of town. That was the beginning of my journey into alcoholism.

-- Margaret W.

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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