From the April 1957 magazine.

You Have to Join to Find Out

As AN AIR FORCE CAPTAIN responsible for the lives of people and for classified information--should I admit I'm an alcoholic? Hell, yes! If necessary to help others, why not? There are other lushes in more important positions and some (or many) continue to do a good job. Others are on the borderline and some are on the way out. If any of these people admitted to themselves and one other person that they couldn't handle the booze any longer, their recovery would begin. If a person can do a satisfactory job while in the early or middle stages of alcoholism it stands to reason he could do a lot better without John Barleycorn!

But here is the problem: the guy who is at the stage where he thinks the booze is his buddy--how can anyone convince him differently? It will probably take at least a couple of crises before he himself is convinced he has a problem. He must of course decide for himself, and pressure to join AA--from his C.O., his wife or his Chaplain is in most cases useless--and often the pressure makes the problem worse.

-- Anon.


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