My first try at living sober started in 1962.. I followed the so called big book. I worked the 12 steps. I was absent from alcohol for one year and I had a bottle of beer and I got drunk. I did not stop drinking until Feb 22, 1970. This time I did not use the Big Book, I did not work the 12 steps, I did not turn my will or my life over to the care of Jesus. I made a decision that I would never drink alcohol again, I would never change my mind, I went to the park and I burned the Big Book and the Holly Bible, page by page. On February 22 of next year I will have remained sober for 45 years.