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(#939) Charlie F (Myrtle Beach, SC)
Sept 2000 in Myrtle Beach, SC  EVENT: 29th Fellowship by the Sea  TYPE: AA, Male, Story

Charlie is a good ole' country boy speaking for the first time at a large conference,

Born to a share-cropper family in the county where the conference was held, his dad was a 2nd grade educated, hard worker with a reported alcohol problem that Charlie never witnessed. Charlie's mom was a strong, spiritual, praying church goer.

As a young man he got in trouble drinking but managed to graduate because he slowed down, drinking on weekeds. He went to the University of Tulsa, OK on a football scholarship but finished at Furman in SC.

He graduated and went into the teaching and coaching profession though the teaching part was tough for him. In 1969 he and a friend built and ocean front Motel in Myrtle Beach. He is still in that business.

His wife and he drank and compromised their morals together. It ended in a painful divorce. He drank for another five years with only 90 miserables days dry. "It got worser and worser." His partner introduced him to members of A.A. - one a doctor whom Charlie knew was sober 14 months.

One last drunk before treatment was the wort he ever felt.

(49 min) (17.1 MB) (id#939)