From the November 1998 magazine. First printed in August 1955.

You Don't Have to Slip

From the September 1955 Grapevine

The newcomer hasn't been in our group very long but he has heard a good deal about slips and has begun to worry about himself. Someone should inform him emphatically and authoritatively, "You don't have to slip!"

There are a few other members, not newcomers but men and women who have been around six months to two years, who periodically--every few months or every few weeks--go off on a little binge. Nothing serious, understand, but they evidently are not getting the program, and certainly are not getting all the benefits of continuous sobriety. These lapsing members are...

-- Anonymous

Scarsdale, New York