From the January 1978 magazine.

When I Was Sixteen, I Was Ready

A nine-page section by and about Young People in AA

I CAME INTO the program of AA when I was sixteen years old, and believe me, I was ready. My drinking had started some ten years before, at the age of six. My pilling had started at the age of nine. So you see, I'd had ample time to become an alcoholic.

Both of my real parents were (and still are, of course) alcoholics. I was brought up in this environment and I swore to myself that I would never become whatever they were. I had three stepparents who also were alcoholics, and I couldn't believe that there was any other kind of life.

-- J. I.

Magnolia, Arkansas

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