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More About Alcoholism

Most of us have been unwilling to admit we were real alcoholics. No person likes to think he is bodily and mentally different from his fellows. Therefore, it is not surprising that our drinking careers have been characterized by countless vain attempts to prove we could drink like other people. The idea that somehow, someday he will control and enjoy his drinking is the great obsession of every abnormal drinker. The persistence of this illusion is astonishing. Many pursue it into the gates of insanity or death.

We learned that we had to fully concede to our innermost   selves that we were alcoholics. This is the first step in recovery. The   delusion that we are like other people, or presently may be, has to be   smashed.

We alcoholics are men and women who have lost the ability to   control our drinking. We know that no real alcoholic ever recovers   control. All of us felt at times that we were regaining control, but   such intervals –usually brief—were inevitably followed by still less   control, which led in time to pitiful and incomprehensible   demoralization. We are convinced to a man that alcoholics of our   type are in the grip of a progressive illness. Over any considerable   period we get worse, never better.

Here are some of the methods we have tried: Drinking beer   only, limiting the number of drinks, never drinking alone, never   drinking in the morning, drinking only at home, never having it in   the house, never drinking during business hours, drinking only at   parties, switching from scotch to brandy, drinking only natural   wines, agreeing to resign if ever drunk on the job, taking a trip, not   taking a trip, swearing off forever (with and without a solemn oath),   taking more physical exercise, reading inspirational books, going to   health farms and sanitariums, accepting voluntary commitment to   asylums—we could increase the list ad infinitum.