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When I think of my story and read the story of other alcoholics, the word insanity comes to mind. In A.A. I’ve heard the following definition of insanity. It is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.
How can we go through such horrible experiences each time we drink and expect that the next time will somehow be different? Doctors, psychiatrists and many others have tried to figure out what it is that makes the alcoholic the way that he/she is. Some think it is an allergy to alcohol, others say that we don’t absorb alcohol the way that others do, it might be a chemical imbalance in the brain, etc.
All of the explanations don’t matter. The bottom line is that when we drink we become obsessed with drinking or not drinking. The Big Book of A.A. describes some of the things we do to try to control our drinking: “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, drinking only natural wines…” I’ve tried all of them.
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