FOR AUDREY KISHLINE, 38, OF ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN, THE MOMENT OF truth came one evening several years ago, when she consumed a single glass of wine with dinner. According to the most cherished tenets of all the A.A. meetings she had attended since her late 20s, that tiny slip off the wagon should have been enough to condemn the young mother of two to repeat her history of uncontrolled drinking. Instead, she says, "I realized that it was my choice. That this one glass of wine was a small, though enjoyable, part of my life." She found that she could limit...

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