From the July 2007 magazine.

Elder Spirits

A seasoned drinker puts down the booze

I am living proof that if you live long enough, drink long enough, and are cursed with the disease of alcoholism, you will eventually become powerless over alcohol.

You may or may not get a citation for drunk driving, lose your job, lose your home, lose your spouse and family. You do not necessarily have to end up under a bridge, with a shopping cart and a twist-off bottle in a brown paper bag. I can assure you, however, that you will succumb to the progressive disease we now recognize as alcoholism.

-- Bill D.

Portland, Oregon

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