From the April 1956 magazine.

Getting AA the Long Way

I AM an alcoholic with nine years, two months, fifteen days of continuous sobriety. It was accomplished through AA twenty-four hours at a time.

I took my first drink when I was sixteen at a skating party. I was an alcoholic from that drink on. A drink or two always made me terribly sick. At twenty-seven I married and went farming. Still I drank and inevitably was sick. We moved to North Dakota in 1917 and stayed until 1921. My drinking increased when I was back with my old friends. When I sold out and moved into Amboy in 1935 to start trucking and corn shelling I really began to drink in earnest.

-- Anon.

Madelia, Minnesota

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