From the January 1983 magazine.

Phony Comparisons

Around the Tables

AROUND THE TABLES, One of my favorite newcomers made this comment: "At least, we didn't have an expensive habit like the junkies'. And they steal to support their habit."

That comparison made certain wheels spin. Sure, in direct terms of my daily consumption of alcohol, what the hell was I spending? The cost of a couple of fifths--say ten or twelve bucks. Well, that doesn't sound like much compared to the $150 that an addict must spend each day on drugs. I don't know about anyone else, but I do know about me. In terms of what my habit actually cost every day, "ten or twelve bucks" is a lie.

-- D. R.

Grosse Pointe, Michigan

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