From the March 1958 magazine.

A Chance to Find Out

I HAVE BEEN RELUCTANT to write to the Grapevine, but possibly it will be the only way I'll find my answer.

Although I have been to several different groups, I have not found a parallel to my own drinking pattern. I don't have years of drinking behind me. . . . I left home while in my teens. Married young, had two sons--both lost to me through my drinking.

Since my father was an alcoholic, I knew what alcohol would do--but I had to find out for myself. I was a rebel from the day I was born. I don't believe alcoholism is hereditary. When I drank, I drank only for oblivion--no...

-- Anonymous