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Letter from a Texas Hotel

She learned of her grandfather's commitment to sobriety while reading old family letters

We know by studying the Big Book and by attending AA meetings that this is a family disease. It may skip a generation or it can march step through every member of a family.

Growing up my parents rarely drank. Both their fathers had had drinking problems but I never knew how long my grandfathers indulged alcohol or if they even achieved sobriety. My parents were always sober around us. I never experienced an alcohol-influenced childhood like many of our members.

However, my sister, brother and I are all in AA. Our parents may have escaped but we didn't. Nancy M. has three...

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