From the March 1954 magazine.

A Close Shave

MANY members of AA have come up with various comparisons between the AA program and one or another daily habit in their lives.

Just today, as I was standing before the mirror in my bathroom preparing to shave, the thought struck me that the program is just as simple as staying clean-shaven. An alcoholic is like a man growing a beard. At first the whiskers grow slowly while the beard begins to take shape. As the years go by the beard becomes progressively heavier and if it isn't kept under control, by trimming, it will take on a ragged unkempt look until it covers his face so that he...

-- Jim C.

Upper Darby, Pennsylvania