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October 1959

The Climate Is No Excuse

NEW GUINEA

HAVING been in AA for well over twelve months, I flew down from the Islands (New Guinea) to Australia some time ago for my first sober visit to that country for many a long year. I was greeted and treated with great enthusiasm by AA friends there and was repeatedly given pats on the back for "getting AA" in the tropics--general opinion being that it is harder and tougher all round to get dry in tropical climes. I was almost convinced" that maybe I did really have something, until I got up to speak at a meeting. The subject, naturally, was drinking in the tropics. It was when I started to give out with "my" story, that the real down-to-earth facts of the matter hit home.

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