A FAREWELL TO ALCOHOL by William McIlwain

A FAREWELL TO ALCOHOL

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A very short, quietly spoken account of the 28-day period McIlwain spent at an Alcoholic Rehabilitation Center in North Carolina to which he committed himself after drinking steadily, and increasingly, during his years as a working newspaperman and editor. McIlwain handled it pretty well but already knew that ""if they lose sobriety, they, in time, will lose everything"" and he was well on his way. Most of this deals with the daily group therapy sessions which were cumulatively beneficial for him (even though there is a generally disheartening recidivism statistic -- two out of three). Finally, after taking a new job in Toronto, he experienced a slight stroke but then (and now) seems recovered from both disabilities: ""I have come to believe in many things. They are possible."" A supportive, supplementary small book which is possible for others who have had to learn that ""A man takes a drink, the drink takes another, and the drink takes the man.

Pub Date: Jan. 16th, 1972
Publisher: Random House