From the April 1983 magazine.

Journey to Our Beginnings

And to the land of wine and brew--AA style

I TOOK a sober journey into the land of wine and brew (AA style), and many AA friends wanted me to share some of the experiences I had on that business/pleasure jaunt to Europe. I do so, not as an ego trip, but as an expression of the gratitude I have for the AA program and the wonderful AA members I have come to know and love so much.

The first week was all business, but my wife and I were entertained as if we were visiting royalty. I soon learned the terms mineralwasser, orangesaft, and apfelsaft. Word quickly spread among my German business associates that "the American who drinks no alcohol is with us."

-- C. R.

Plymouth, Minnesota

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