From the August 2009 magazine.

Full circle

A member with 55 years talks about what it takes for him to stay sober

After my three years in the Navy ended in 1946, I went back to college on the GI bill and I married the girl I fell in love with in the seventh grade. Life was good. My wife, Annie, and I went to college together for the first two years we were married and life was very good. We had a little daughter and life was even better.

We had lots of old friends from school and we had parties at each others' homes. Of course, there was alcohol. I always drank more than anyone else and at times made an ass of myself, but drinking was not a big problem yet.

-- Tom H.

Aptos, California

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