From the October 2010 magazine.

Dear Grapevine

Not taking any chances

I don't keep booze in the house because I am a real alcoholic and with this disease I never know when or how it will strike. I know that it is cunning, insidious and powerful; I prefer to keep constant vigilance. There can be a split moment when it looks at me and before I know it, I could be lifting a glass with poison to my lips.

Of course, there are many things I need to do to stay spiritually fit so that alcohol has no relevance in my life, but good housekeeping is also part of a healthy lifestyle. I find that when someone brings over wine for a dinner party and there is a leftover bottle, it bothers me the way a mosquito in a room does. I don't know if it will bite me, but I am surely not taking any chances.

-- SNOW P.

Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.

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