From the July 1970 magazine.

A Beef from Australia

Or maybe just another alcoholic with a resentment

I AM AN inmate of a South Australian prison, and I've got a beef. At our regular AA meeting, I heard one of the "outside" visitors say, "You will be accepted as an equal when you leave here and attend AA meetings on the outside." These were wonderful words to hear. But this same speaker spoiled it all when he added, "You will be regarded as new members."

His words seemed to imply that inmates who found AA in prison were not exactly regarded as being full members (no pun intended) until after they were released. I can understand that the prison inmate may not have the same opportunity to obtain booze as the outside member has, but, in all fairness, I do think that a number of other factors should be considered.

-- A. K.

Adelaide, South Australia

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