The book Alcoholics Anonymous, aka The Big Book, is the basic text for the AA program of sobriety. "Alcoholics Anonymous" Copyright 2012 AAWS, Inc. All Rights, Reserved. Short excerpts used by permission of AAWS


Postby medic63 » Wed Jan 27, 2016 3:17 am


"That the body of the alcoholic is quite as abnormal as his mind"

I believe that I can not drink safely and for whatever reason when I take a drink at all good judgment goes out the window and I don't have any idea of when the drunk is going to end that I my experience.

Step one for me is to never forget that and I need gods help to remind me.
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Postby whipping post » Wed Jan 27, 2016 5:44 am

I knew I was an alcoholic for 20 years but it took me 3 months of sobriety to actually accept it. Finally accepting it was a relief. Deep down accepting that I had no control over it and would never have control over it.
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Re: BB

Postby Tosh » Wed Jan 27, 2016 7:22 am

medic63 wrote:BB PG XXVI

"That the body of the alcoholic is quite as abnormal as his mind"

I listened to an audio book written by an addiction specialist - it was very entertaining - but these clever neuroscientists have now a fairly good understanding of how alcoholism works; the process of it.

One part I remember from memory is that the neurons in the brain that attach to the alcohol molecule reduce in number if alcohol is regularly consumed. The brain does this in an attempt to protect itself, but all that means is that we have to drink MORE to achieve the same effect. It's how we build up a tolerance to alcohol.

There was lots more, but I'm not even going to attempt an explanation (because I don't fully understand it myself).

But the brain is part of the body, it does become abnormal, and an abnormal brain produces an abnormal mind.

I think modern science is still in accordance with what Dr Silky wrote.

Oh, and the book - as I say which was written by a scientist - does suggest A.A. as one route to deal with alcoholism.
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Postby PaigeB » Wed Jan 27, 2016 11:51 am

It helped me a great deal to know I had a disease that I could not treat alone anymore than I could treat cancer. I had to decide if AA was the answer for me and it turns out that it is! SO grateful about that!
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