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October 2012: Dysfunction Junction

An alcoholic with a happy upbringing speaks up

I really don’t like to hear comments at meetings that start out with, “All alcoholics …,” usually followed by some generalization about our families, traits, or physical, mental or emotional health.

I can safely say that “All alcoholics” do not come in a “one-size-fits-all” package. Alcoholism is an equal-opportunity illness, and our members come from diverse ethnic, social, intellectual, educational and economic backgrounds. We are short, tall, slender, heavy, blonde, brunette, bald, young, old, crotchety and lovable.

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