From the August 1992 magazine.

Baby Boomers

Alcoholics under the age of 30 have been coming to AA in Nebraska for several years. Most were welcomed with open arms, while some were met with much skepticism. But in the late 1970s and early 1980s there began a trend that has since become commonplace: young alcoholics by the hundreds showing up at the door of AA asking for help. The following is a thumbnail sketch of that influx of young people, and what Nebraska did to insure that the hand of AA was truly there. Today much of our state has designated "young people's" AA meetings that are thriving, lending a hand to the still suffering young alcoholic.

During the spring of 1981, a handful of young AAs saw a need. The local treatment centers and halfway houses were "pumping out" more and more young sober alcoholics. With not much sobriety, yet a lot of enthusiasm and fellowship, this group set out to Minneapolis for the 24th International Conference of Young People in Alcoholics Anonymous (ICYPAA) in July of 1981.

-- Mark S.

Apple Valley, Minnesota

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