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Greetings to you! I have experienced “Alcoholics Anonymous”, the book, and that is what I share with others. I understand the physical, mental and emotional aspects of the real alcoholic's plight, and here is what can be done to overcome chronic alcoholism: "If you are an alcoholic who wants to get over it, you may already be asking - 'What do I have to do?' It is the purpose of this book ('Alcoholics Anonymous') to answer such questions specifically. We shall tell you what we have done." (page 20)

Experience in the area

I took my first drink of alcohol at age 24...and within minutes I had become obsessed with its seemingly-magical effect. That glass of wine had just done something *for* me, and I was amazed. Just seven years later, I wanted to never again touch another drop of alcohol -- I had a desire to stop drinking forever -- but I just could *not* leave the stuff alone. I knew what alcohol was doing *to* me, but I still needed something done *for* me. The effect of the Twelve Steps is now my “sufficient substitute” ("A.A.", page 151) for the effect of alcohol, and I do not have to puke anything back up in the morning!



30-year student of “Alcoholics Anonymous”, the book

What do you like about this subject?

The matter of permanent recovery is objectively subjective without being selective! There is a reason alcoholism is not limited to old men in alleys and "involves those about us in a way no other human sickness can" ("A.A.", the book, page 18), and there is a reason the A.A. solution works as well for the afflicted as for the affected.

What do you still hope to achieve/learn in this field?

It would be a great blessing to always break through to the real alcoholic now floundering in today's sea of ineffective “treatments” and misinformation, and to similarly reach his or her family, associates and friends with a matchless manner of living.

Something interesting about this subject that others may not know:

As real as it is, and as surely as it needs to be addressed, alcoholism is nevertheless but a point of contact leading toward resolution of a far greater issue: reconciliation with the sovereign Creator of all.

Something controversial or provocative about this subject

Whenever money changes hands, permanent recovery goes out the window.

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2015-01-27 Baby On The Way - Alcoholic MIL:

Hi, Tanya, and I hope this might help a bit.    You have written:    >> After she threatened me (and I’m sure she didn’t mean it)...  >> I [still] do not think she should be left alone with [my baby] unsupervised

2013-11-25 verbal altercations while very drunk:

Hi, Tammy!    You have asked:    >> So the saying, 'true feelings come out when your drunk', is it true?    It certainly can be, but not always or for everyone since many factors can be involved.  Sober

2013-09-15 Not enjoing the buzz anymore...:

>> “I have gone from a problem drinker to a chronic to a once a month stay at home binger.  My wife is happy for my progress...”    Many of us have tried many things to find some way to drink safely..

2013-06-07 Beer addiction:

Greetings to you, Kali.    You have written:    >> I live with my grandma...I'm 19...her husband (my grandpa) past away...I don't know how to handle her anymore.    What do you think your grandpa might

2013-01-24 alcoholic or not?:

Hi, Ruby, and I thank you for this opportunity to try to be helpful.    You have written:    >> ...daily average of 6 Canadian pints...drinking on the way to work...takes steps to conceal this fact.  


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