From the December 1979 magazine.

A Fifth of AA

It would be either a fifth of booze or

I ASKED Bill, the newcomer I'm sponsoring, "Is your Fourth Step written and pretty much completed?"

"I think so."

"Let's get together after tomorrow night's meeting."


I got to my own Step Five by telling myself that it would be either a fifth of booze or a Fifth of AA. The AA Fifth started me on a road to freedom I'd sought in the other kind of fifth and not found. With Step Five, I came into the spirit of AA.

For me, holding back on Step Five was like my experiences at birthday parties when I was a kid. I didn't feel comfortable there; the group...

-- R. M.

Austin, Texas