From the September 2007 magazine.

Deadly Vacation

A little time off leads to a long trip back

The first time i came to Alcoholics Anonymous on my own initiative was in September 1987. At once, I fell in love with AA, went to plenty of meetings, and picked up a red ninety-day chip in Tampa, Florida.

But I still felt unhappiness gnawing at me--there were some things I was doing and some things I was not doing.

As that Christmas approached, I decided I'd take a little vacation from sobriety and do some beer-drinking with the guy who'd been my only real drinking buddy during the last few years of my drinking. I was apprehensive about making the decision to drink, because...

-- Fred C.

Roanoke, Virginia