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December 1957

AA Around the World

TWELFTH STEP IN SPAIN <lbNews, comments and letters from and about AA's worldwide outposts and centers--gleaned from letters to the Grapevine and General Service Headquarters, and from the "AA Exchange Bulletin," published monthly by GSH

AFTER HEADING the greater part of your book "Alcoholics Anonymous" and after reading it daily, what I thought was impossible has happened. For four weeks I have not touched a drop of alcohol in any form.

After many efforts, my wife succeeded in contacting your London Central Office where fortunately I humbly asked for help. An American AA in Madrid came to call on me and gave me the AA book. In short order, I stopped drinking. I have been in Spain for two years doing research work in rare metals. . . .

Since the war, I have done very heavy drinking, though in Germany before the war I controlled it some what. Since arrival in Spain my drinking and results have been worse than ever before. Thoroughly aware of the problem, I tried many ways to prevent the destruction of my life. Since AA, I feel secure and no longer afraid. It is my wish to be associated with your Fellowship and do as much as possible to help other alcoholics.

Excuse my letter in German. Though I speak and read French and English, I am not familiar enough with them to attempt a letter. I also speak Spanish sufficiently for everyday use. . . .

P.S. Should anyone be interested in me I shall gladly write again.

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