From the December 2013 magazine.

December 2013: Nine beers away

He measured his distance in bottles, but help was much closer than he thought

I was drunk and away from home that Thursday night when my wife called me. She said that she hadn’t had a drink since Sunday and had called AA.

“What can I do for you?” I asked her.

She replied, “There’s Al-Anon for people like you.”

My wife had no idea how much I drank. By the time I would get home from work, we were both pretty well into the bottle. About a month earlier I had shamed her into quitting drinking. I had even gone so far as to support her effort by abstaining from alcohol myself. After a week of this I was certain that she was not an...

-- Darryl B.

Corpus Christi, Texas