From the May 1992 magazine.

A Free Woman Today

I am a black female, thirty-eight years old, and an alcoholic. With the grace of God, and the rooms of AA, I have been sober for three years.

My drinking career must have started during my early teens. I remember the cutting of classes, the house parties, and all the fun it used to be. At least to me at the beginning it was fun. I always wanted to be a part of something but didn't know how. Alcohol did for me what I couldn't do. My drinking continued off and on for about twenty-two years.

-- Chloe H.

Brooklyn, New York

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