From the May 1992 magazine.

A Power Greater Than Compulsion

Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism.

August 5, 1960 marks the end of what I pray was my last drunken episode. It was a two-day affair, spent mostly in a blackout. It occurred after eleven months of meetings and so-called "sobriety," triggered by a resentment I'd been nursing for several weeks against a coworker. This was the catalyst for a long overdue, genuine bottom. I was nearly twenty-eight.

I passed out in a restaurant booth, head on a table, in the most grungy, low-life bar in town--par for me by then. When I came to, the clock on the wall read 9:15 AM--or was it PM? Bleary eyes slowly focused on the half-glass of warm beer in front of me; there it sat, the symbol and true cause of all the misery and wreckage in my life.

-- Norm W.

Magalia, California

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