From the February 1976 magazine.

PO Box 1980

Defining 'alcoholic'

Much noise is being made by local AAs because, they say, there are many coming into AA who are not alcoholics. Since when is being an alcoholic a requirement for membership? "The only requirement for AA membership is a desire to stop drinking" (Tradition Three). It doesn't say cut down, taper off, or any of those things most of us tried before we got into AA.

I look at it this way: An alcoholic is a person who wants to stop drinking. If I didn't have a problem with booze, why would I want to quit?

-- G. A.

Denver, Colorado

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