From the May 1992 magazine.

A Duck to Water

I'm not sure when I became addicted to alcohol, but when I discovered what it could do for me, I took to it like a duck to water. It made me feel smarter, taller, braver; it made me feel like I belonged someplace and that I was somebody.

From time to time during my drinking years, I was told by my family and friends that I might be drinking too much. From time to time I would agree with them, but not until the next day's hangover. My drinking buddies and I would halfheartedly admit to being alcoholics but then discount it because we didn't go to AA meetings.

-- Russell J.

Waukesha, Wisconsin

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