From the May 1945 magazine.

How to Face a Cocktail Party

(By One Who Doesn't Like Them, Either)

Can you face attending a cocktail party without getting the quiggley-wigglies and nervous nip-ups? Wouldn't you much rather duck them and your old drinking friends who now bore you to resentment after the fourth round? Well, then, don't worry, you are probably a perfectly normal alcoholic.

Most of us avoid "parties" unless they are necessary for some business or social reason. What then can you do when you must attend these affairs? Oldtime A.A. hands seem to take them in stride but to the A.A. newcomer a cocktail party often becomes a frightening dilemma.

-- Hugh B.

Manhattan, New York

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