by Mat Ward
When alcoholic Mat
Ward was told in rehab that he would die if he relapsed, he decided to try to
see the world before he died, calling at AA meetings along the way to stop him
relapsing. On the 21-country journey that followed, he met Maori headhunters,
Aboriginal criminals, Indonesian heroin users, Thai sex addicts, Tamil
born-again Christians, New York crack smokers, Himalayan 12-step fanatics and a
Galapagos priest who tried to exorcise his drinking demons. Along the way, what
he learnt about AA made him question exactly what was killing alcoholics. Here,
we join him halfway through the journey – meeting 48, in Tamil Nadu, India.
All names have been changed.