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Topic: Fun in Sobriety
A drunken teenage mascot grows up to discover that even when she’s sober, she’s a blast
My earliest experiences with alcohol consisted of sneaking sips from my dad’s beer while he played poker. When I was eight, my dad remarried. In the wedding video, you can see me drinking champagne...
By practicing the First Tradition, members are able to stay sober at an bi-annual music festival in Yosemite
The First Tradition typically applies to Fellowships functioning at Alano clubs, churches, and civic facilities where daily or weekly meetings are held. But it also applies to a circle of AA friends...
For most of my twenty-three years with the company I worked for, I had managed to get drunk at the annual Christmas party, and my good wife always had to drive us home. For reasons I now don't...
An AA group has an unusual visitor
We were just in the process of adjourning our AA meeting when we were suddenly disrupted by a loud scratching noise which appeared to be coming from the heat register. The sound was making quite a...
The gulp she took was not club soda
Forty-two days after my first AA birthday, I was invited to go on vacation to Barbados with three non-alcoholic women friends. My sponsor thought it was a wonderful idea, especially since I was just...
Alone and isolated, his winning ticket was a friendly AA meeting
Throughout my drinking career I always wanted to fit in. I would gravitate toward whichever group looked as if they were having the most fun and try to ingratiate myself. The fact that I drank...
A spur-of-the-moment trip to Akron with a few surprises was just the medicine this alcoholic needed
I sat in my home group meeting on Friday, June 11. I was on the slippery slope before the slippery slope. I was pondering the upcoming Sunday, my belly button birthday. I thought about this being my...
She was going to be an astronaut, but instead was rocketed into the fourth dimension
Most alcoholics are bankrupt idealists. Nearly every one of us had wished to do great good, perform great deeds, and embody great ideals. We are all perfectionists who, failing perfection, have gone...
Members in Virginia celebrate the holidays with songs and music from the heart
I lean against the 100-year-old brick building in downtown Roanoke, Va., at 530 Luck Avenue, several days before Thanksgiving, sipping steaming coffee and warming my hands around a ceramic travel cup...
How one sober alcoholic learned to have a blast on the final night of the year
"New Year’s Eve is amateur night” is one saying I always seem to hear around the holidays. Whether it’s actually true or not remains to be seen. One thing I’m certain about is it used to always be a...

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