From the July 2000 magazine.

You Can Always Tell Another Alcoholic. . .

I am a drunk and my name is Bill D. I left Knickerbocker Hospital's alcoholic ward on May 29, 1953. Thanks to the miracle of AA and the Higher Power, I have not had to take a drink of alcohol since that day. And that is the date I use for my sobriety date.

However, a recent searching and fearless Fourth Step has revealed to me that abstinence is not synonymous with sobriety, although it is definitely a prerequisite.

My late wife, who had a master's degree in clinical psychology, once told me, "You know, dear, at the end of your first year of continuous sobriety in AA, there...

-- Anonymous

Franklin, North Carolina