From the September 1954 magazine.

The Problems of a "Teen-aged" AA

TO START THE BALL ROLLING ON A GENERAL DISCUSSION OF "AFTER SOBRIETY--WHAT?" (SEE AUGUST GRAPEVINE, "THE TWELVE STEPS AND THE OLDER MEMBER") WE ASKED AN OLD TIMER TO WRITE ABOUT SOME OF THE THINGS THAT HAPPEN AS WE GROW OLDER IN AA.

THE current conception of a "teenager" might well be that of an obnoxious adolescent, who is quite ruthless about knocking down older members of the human race while scrambling for a vacated seat on a crowded bus, or treading on everyone's feet to emerge from somewhere in the middle of the row during an exciting moment of a baseball game in order to secure instantly a hot-dog or a bottle of "pop."

It is, however, not to these young miscreants that this article is addressed but to those of us (and we are more numerous than the reader might suppose) who have entered, rather late in life, a second "teen-age" period--namely, thirteen years or more as members of AA without reverting to the fatal (for any alcoholic) first drink. Actually, no member of our fellowship, not even Bill, has as yet quite entered into the third decade of sobriety and hence emerged from these dangerous teens. Anyway, I imagine that after twenty years or more, problems will continue to arise.

-- A. T.

New York City, New York

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