From the September 1948 magazine.

You Don't Have to Be a Hermit

WHEN I came into A.A. about four years ago I fully believed that I was committing myself to a hermitage in which I would be cut off from all normal activities and those of my old friends who did any drinking.

Since then I have discovered that many others had the same fear when they joined A.A., so it's a reasonable assumption that newcomers today are steeling themselves to the same prospects.

This is an understandable fear. During the drinking years, the alcoholic tends to relate more and more of his life to liquor and to make it the hub of his activities and even his...

-- D.Y.