From the August 2007 magazine.

Not You, Dad

A backhanded compliment

I had the biggest backhanded compliment paid to me recently. My sixteen-year-old son, who has never seen me drinking, said he did not believe me when I told him what I was like when I was drinking. A typical teenager, my son thinks any advice I give him has no relevance in today's world.

I came to Alcoholics Anonymous in my early twenties. Already a chronic alcoholic, I was out of work and one week away from a divorce. I had been living a rough life on the streets for six months, playing my guitar in bars for enough drinking money to get the oblivion that alcohol brought me. In the end, my mental condition was frail and I was hallucinating.

-- Pat M.

Lordshill, England

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