From the June 2015 magazine.

The Biggest, Meanest Dude I've Ever Seen

After his first prison commitment, an AA swears he’ll never do that again

My drinking career began in my teens, and I drank alcoholically for the next 35 years. During my drunken life, I lost two wives, two businesses, four houses and any semblance of sanity. Even with all this mayhem and chaos, jail was never a part of my story.

Alcohol beat me into submission. I became aware that it was ruining my life. After five years of trying to stop drinking on my own, I surrendered and came into AA. I was tired and willing to try anything.

-- David S.

Saugerties, New York

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