The Big Book

A Quote by Alcoholics Anonymous on alcoholics anonymous, the big book, there is a solution, recovery, and twelve steps

"The alcoholic may say to himself in the most casual way, "It won't burn me this time, so here's how!"  Or perhaps he doesn't think at all.  How often have some of us begun to drink in this nonchalant way, and after the third or fourth, pounded on the bar and said to ourselves, "For God's sake, how did I ever get started again?"  Only to have that thought supplanted by,  "Well, Ill stop with the sixth drink."  Or "What's the use anyhow?" 

Alcoholics Anonymous

Source: c. 1939, AAWS, Alcoholics Anonymous, There Is A Solution, p. 24.

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A Quote by Alcoholics Anonymous on alcoholics anonymous, the big book, there is a solution, and recovery

"The almost certain consequences that follow taking even a glass of beer do not crowd into the mind to deter us. If these thoughts occur, they are hazy and readily supplanted with the old threadbare idea that this time we shall handle ourselves like other people. There is the complete failure of the kind of defense that keeps one from putting his hand on a hot stove."

Alcoholics Anonymous

Source: c. 1939 AAWS, Alcoholics Anonymous, There Is A Solution, p. 24.

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A Quote by Alcoholics Anonymous on alcoholics anonymous, the big book, recovery, and there is a solution

"Once in a while he (the alcoholic) may tell the truth.
And the truth, strange to say, is usually that he has
no more idea why he took that first drink than you have.
Some drinkers have excuses with which they are satisfied part of the time.
But in their hearts they really do not know why they do it."

Alcoholics Anonymous

Source: c. 1939 AAWS, Alcoholics Anonymous, The Big Book, There Is A Solution. p. 23.

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A Quote by Alcoholics Anonymous on alcoholics anonymous, the big book, there is a solution, recovery, and twelve steps

From the Big Book:
"Sometimes these excuses (from the alcoholic) have a certain plausibility, but none of them really makes sense in the light of the havoc an alcoholic's drinking bout creates. They sound like the philosophy of the man who, having a headache, beats himself on the head with a hammer so that he can't feel the ache. If you draw this fallacious reasoning to the attention of an alcoholic, he will laugh it off, or become irritated and refuse to talk."

Alcoholics Anonymous

Source: c.1939, AAWS, Alcoholics Anonymous, There Is A Solution. p. 23.

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A Quote by Alcoholics Anonymous on alcoholics anonymous, the big book, recovery, twelve steps, and there is a solution

"We know that while the alcoholic keeps away from drink, as he may do for months or years, he reacts much like other men. We are equally positive that once he takes any alcohol whatever into his system, something happens, both in the bodily and mental sense, which makes it virtually impossible for him to stop.
The experience of any alcoholic will abundantly confirm this."

Alcoholics Anonymous

Source: c. 1939, AAWS, Alcoholics Anonymous, There Is A Solution, pp. 22-23

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A Quote by Alcoholics Anonymous on alcoholics anonymous, the big book, recovery, and the twelve steps

"Opinions vary considerably as to why the alcoholic reacts differently from normal people.
We are not sure why, once a certain point is reached, little can be done for him.
We cannot answer the riddle."

Alcoholics Anonymous

Source: c.1939, AAWS, Alcoholics Anonymous, There Is A Solution, p. 22.

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A Quote by Alcoholics Anonymous on alcoholics anonymous, the big book, recovery, and willingness

"He often possesses special abilities, skills and aptitudes, and has a promising career ahead of him. He uses his gifts to build up a bright outlook for his family and himself, and then pulls the structure down on his head by a senseless series of sprees, He is the fellow who goes to bed so intoxicated he ought to seep the clock around. Yet early next morning he searches madly for the bottle he misplaced the night before."

Alcoholics Anonymous

Source: c. AAWS, Alcoholics Anonymous, There is a Solution, pp. 21-22

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A Quote by Alcoholics Anonymous on alcoholics anonymous, the big book, there is a solution, recovery, and twelve steps

 "Here is the fellow who has been puzzling you, especially in his lack of control.  He does absurd, incredible, tragic things while drinking.  He is a real Dr. Jekyll and Mr Hyde.  He is seldom mildly intoxicated.  He is always more or less insanely drunk.  His disposition while drinking resembles his normal nature but little.  He may be one of the finest fellows in the world.  Yet let him drink for a day, and he frequently becomes disgustingly, and even dangerously anti-social."

Alcoholics Anonymous

Source: c. AAWS, Alcoholics Anonymous, There is a Solution, p.21.

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A Quote by Alcoholics Anonymous on alcoholics anonymous, the big book, recovery, there is a solution, and twelve steps

But what about the real alcoholic? He may start off as a moderate drinker; he may or may not become a continuous hard drinker; but at some stage of his drinking career he begins to lose all control of his liquor consumption, once he starts to drink."

Alcoholics Anonymous

Source: c.1939 AAWS, Alcoholics Anonymous, There is a Solution, p.21.

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A Quote by Alcoholics Anonymous on alcoholics anonymous, the big book, recovery, and there is a solution

"You may already have asked yourself why it is that all of us became so very ill from drinking. Doubtless you are curious to discover how and why, in the face of expert opinion to the contrary, we have recovered from a hopeless condition of mind and body. If you are an alcoholic who wants to get over it, you may already be asking---'What do I have to do?'."
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Alcoholics Anonymous

Source: c.1939 AAWS, Alcoholics Anonymous, There Is A Solution, p.20

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