From the July 2017 magazine.

You should have seen me before

One night at dinner, he was asked a question that made him recall how bad things used to be

I was having dinner with my new bride and her friend, both of whom are also members of AA. Out of nowhere, my wife’s friend made the most ridiculous comment. She said to me, “You don’t look like an alcoholic.”

At the time I didn’t know how to respond. But the more I thought about it, the more insulted I felt. If I could relive the moment, I might say, “What qualifies a person as looking like an alcoholic?” Is it the liver spots? Could it be the lack of proper hygiene? (Lord knows I probably had quite an odor when I arrived at AA.) Or perhaps it is the inadequate dental care. Thank goodness I would fail that look today. I can now smile after several trips to the school of dentistry in Gainesville, Florida, and thousands of dollars for reconstructive dental surgery.

-- Dave B.

Glenville, West Virgina, USA

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