From the June 2004 magazine. First printed in March 1969.

My Name Is Bertha. . .

After appearing in the Grapevine, this story was included in the Third Edition of the Big Book under the title "Another Chance." - March 1969

My name is Bertha. I am an Afro-American alcoholic. I don't know when I became an alcoholic, but I do believe I became one because I drank too much too often.

I always blamed my drinking on being poor, or on anything other than that I liked what booze did for me, that when I had a drink I was as big and had as much as the next person. I would never admit that I was drinking too much, or spending money that I should have used to buy food for my two little boys.

-- B.D.

Louisville, Kentucky

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