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Jeremy Clarke goes to his first AA meeting, eats a banana and keeps quiet

By Jeremy Clarke   January 1997

I have just started going to AA meetings. I am not talking about the Automobile Association here. As might be expected of a company of alcoholics, reformed or otherwise, the meetings I have been to so far have been convivial, forthright affairs which swing unexpectedly from the maudlin to the hilarious. I wish I had started going years ago. I feel like I have come home.

I first tried to give up the sauce about the same time that the Berlin wall was being dismantled. Convictions for three guileless smash and grabs on off-licences, three drunken drivings, and one for…

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