Kate B.’s Story
World Traveling Didn't Stop Sobriety
My name is Kate B. My sobriety date is 11/22/84.
I was teaching on an army base in Nuremberg, Germany having the time of my life! I was traveling and partying nonstop across Europe!
Like a lot of practicing alcoholics, I didn’t really need an excuse to drink. But on this particular occasion, I was on my way to Prague, Czechoslovakia for Thanksgiving weekend and it was my 28th birthday. Czechoslovakia was a communist country at that time and when we got to the border some very serious soldiers with guns didn’t appreciate my drunkenness or my sense of humor! The tour bus I was on had champagne and I made sure everyone I was traveling with was having a fabulous time. Needless to say, I was the drunkest, as always! I was unaware of how dangerous my situation was….and by the grace of God didn’t end up in a Czech prison. I was falling all over the guards flirting and acting obnoxious, you know, drunk. Folks on the bus were trying to get me to shut up and sit down. This only fueled my ridiculous behavior. I kept encouraging the soldiers to drink. The Captain in charge gave me one last opportunity to sit down and shut up or he was going to arrest me!!! I mostly complied. I fell down drunk and my companion put her hand over my mouth!
The next few hours I was passed out drunk!
This was my life….. since the ripe old age of 14! The events and stories were different, but mostly I drank and/or l drugged too much and I would end up in horrible situations. I had my first drink at age 9…..I was hooked from that first drink and then drinking alcoholically by age 14.