From the November 2007 magazine.

Long Live The Wimp

A story about caution, comfort, and the safety of AA

I've read recently that alcoholics who can't or won't stop drinking should be schooled in practices that reduce the harm they may cause, such as giving their car keys to a friend before drinking.

It's a good idea, and I'd be happy to hold car keys for anybody who plans to get drunk. But instead, I prefer to advocate the harm avoidance I've found in the AA program. Rather than reduce harm, I want to avoid it--completely if possible.

I learned about avoiding harm twenty-one years ago, after taking a routine psychology test. The psychologist told me that I had a very high level...

-- Mel B.

Toledo, Ohio