S.O.B.E.R. is a bird's eye view of how Alcoholics Anonymous works based on the author's personal experience. S.O.B.E.R. tells the story of William R. Schumacher, III, a middle class professional who reluctantly enters the world of AA after falling out of his neighbor's house one night in a drunken stupor. In search for ways to help him moderate and manage his drinking so he might once again enjoy a "perfect two martini lunch", he finds instead the shocking reality that his behavior is a disease which demands total abstinence, but only one day at a time. Along the road to recovery our hero earns the nickname "Billybob" and encounters a number of colorful characters whose backgrounds run the gamut "from Yale to Jail." Initially, Billybob is put off by the persistent use of acronyms often heard in AA meeting rooms. Eventually, he understands how the acronyms and sayings of Alcoholics Anonymous help the afflicted and overwrought brains of recovering alcoholics absorb the meaning of important principles that enhance recovery. Find out what these (and many other) acronyms stand for: F.E.A.R., D.E.N.I.A.L., H.O.W., S.P.O.N.S.O.R., T.I.M.E., H.O.P.E., K.I.S.S., R.E.L.A.T.I.O.N.S.H.I.P., N.U.T.S., S.T.E.P.S., S.L.I.P., S.O.B.E.R. S.O.B.E.R. takes you into the rooms and program of Alcoholics Anonymous as if you were a member. This is real AA, with all its humor, irreverence, witticisms, tough love and spiritual mystery. While this book won't do for recovery what the AA program does, it will give the serious drinker a non-threatening opportunity to evaluate their personal behavior and, hopefully, do something about their problem.. To the recovering alcoholic, S.O.B.E.R. re-affirms the success of the Alcoholics Anonymous program where "rarely have we seen a person fail who has thoroughly followed our path." To the person struggling with the possibility of their being alcoholic, S.O.B.E.R. may provide a non-threatening basis for self-identification and an impetus to investigate the program as a means to overcome their disease. To the non-alcoholic, S.O.B.E.R. is an irreverently humorous yet inspirational look into a parallel dimension in modern behavior known as Alcoholics Anonymous.