From the July 1954 magazine.

A Former Editor Tells Often Short Years

"WHAT has ten years of sobriety done for you--done to you?"

"Does AA mean as much to you after ten years as when you first came in?"

Such questions are frequently asked of the grey beards in AA by the newer-comers and by interested outsiders. The answers are either too simple or too complex.

Ten years of sobriety means everything or nothing. It means nothing if you decide that after a decade you can now handle a drink or two. It means nothing that will change the result of that kind of thinking. The first drink will still be one too many and forty will not be...

-- T. D. Y.

New York City, New York