From the April 1978 magazine.

A Desire to Stop Drinking

She couldn't say, "I am an alcoholic," but she did have

IN THE NEARLY sixteen years I have been in AA, I have often heard it said, with despair, that if a closed group wanted to reduce its size, the way to do it was to announce that there would be a study of the AA Traditions. People would stay away in droves, and those who did attend would be the ones who were really involved in the program and wanted to know more about how AA works.

I owe my life to God and the Third Tradition. When I called AA in 1960, I was still holding a job but had lost almost everything else. I was a sick woman physically, a wreck mentally, and a zero...

-- E.P.

Alexandria, Virginia