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Grapevine : June 2011
everything out of my room. If I’m traveling alone and eating at the hotel, Idosointhe restaurant, at a table, and never at the bar. I also bring a book to read and occupy my time. recePTions I no longer arrive early, instead showing up at the middle or near the end of a particular event. Most people think I was there the whole time, anyway. I stick with diet soda, a reminder that I’m not drinking any alcohol by always having something in my hand. resTauranTs If the table is preset with wine glasses, I have the wait staff take them away immediately and tell them not to serve me any- thing with alco- hol. Sometimes, Icandothisat the table, but other times I’ve made a special trip to the bath- room to find the wait person and tell them I’m a recovering alco- holic and can’t have anything with alcohol, in- cluding my food. When I mention I treat it like an allergy I often get a recogniz- ing smile and, at those times, I know I’m in good hands. When ordering food, ask if there is any alcohol in the sauces and, if so, could they prepare mine without. If any- one at the table asks, I just tell them I have al- lergies and they move on. You’d be surprised how many nonalco- holic diners ask for meticulously prepared food. at the end of dinner, when everyone is ordering drinks, I reward myself with vanilla ice cream and choco- late sauce. I have found that joining aaisabitlike college freshmen experiencing the “freshmen 15,” and I myself will admit I’ve de- veloped a sweet tooth. laTe nighT enTerTaining I finally figured out I don’t have to do it. depend- ing on circum- stances, I either make a short appearance or just go back to my hotel. Watch- ing people late at night after lots of “entertaining” sends a chill up my back and strengthens my resolve. That so many of us have been able to return to good lives is a tribute to the “we” of the program, wherever we may roam. Thanks aa. Tim P. Saint Paul, Minn. “If I get upgraded to first class, tell the flight attendant not to serve me alcohol.” aagrapevine.org 23 GRAPE_20-23.indd 23 4/29/11 1:06 PM