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February 1946

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In January 1942 my book, Drunks Are Square Pegs was published. This book contained a fairly complete story of my struggles, defeats and victories as an alcoholic, in addition to some personal conclusions as a result of over five years of being completely "dry" and over six years of sobriety. Towards the end of my book I put forth a theory of my own--maybe an alcoholic could drink normally if he or she had been absolutely "dry" for at least five years (I wonder if I would have made it four if that's all I had been "dry") and had become completely re-adjusted to life, found his "square hole and stayed in it for sufficient time".


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