From the September 2007 magazine.

It Works For Me

Sober sixty years, a member reflects on AA's principles

My sobriety date is August 15, 1947.

During World War II, I served as a naval aviator flying single-engine seaplanes that were catapulted off cruisers and battleships. The catapult shot didn't cure a hangover, but for a little while it really took your mind off it. In the summer of 1945, I ended up in a Navy hospital with pneumonia, and I went into DTs. I was in the hospital for four weeks. I got drunk nine of my last ten nights there, so obviously, I didn't learn a great deal. I got out of the service in December 1945, and continued to drink, gradually coming to the realization that I couldn't handle it, but I didn't know how to stop.

-- Paul M.

Riverside, Illinois

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