From the August 1958 magazine.

Alcoholism Is a Disease

The first of a series of "Beginners' Meetings"--to run from time to time--for newcomers to AA sobriety.

GOOD EVENING--I thought this evening we might talk a bit about a fact which at one time was a revelation to me, something so new that it had never previously occurred to me. This discovery was that alcoholism is a disease.

AA was the first to give me this bit of information. I welcomed it. While it didn't excuse all that I had been doing for fifteen years, it certainly explained a great deal of my behavior. I wanted to believe it and I did.

-- E. S.

Hartsdale, New York

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