Not Quite Bulletproof
June 2022 | Stories by Longtimers! | On the Cover

Not Quite Bulletproof

Sober since 1974, a member shares about getting older, staying sane and yes, never letting his guard down

Back in 1974 when I was a new AA member, the Fifth Tradition was displayed on a banner in every meeting and people talked mostly about their drinking. They seemed to be saying that they solved most of their problems when they put down the bottle. As I saw it, they were telling me that the problem was alcohol, and the solution was sobriety. This struck me as a kind of “aversion therapy,” in which being reminded of the horrors of drinking would give me enough willpower to stay away from the stuff. 

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