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1.
View FOREWORD TO FIRST EDITION   ... alcoholic.   BB Foreword to First Edition, p.xiii  
We think this account of our experiences will help everyone to better understand the alcoholic.


2.
View FOREWORD TO SECOND EDITION   ... alcoholic.   BB Foreword to Second Edition, p.xvi  
He suddenly realized that in order to save himself he must carry his message to another alcoholic.


3.
View FOREWORD TO SECOND EDITION   ... alcoholic.   BB Foreword to Second Edition, p.xvii  
By late 1937, the number of members having substantial sobriety time behind them was sufficient to convince the membership that a new light had entered the dark world of the alcoholic.


4.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... alcoholic!   BB Bill's Story, p.14  
And how appallingly true for the alcoholic!


5.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... alcoholic?   BB There Is A Solution, p.21  
But what about the real alcoholic?


6.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... alcoholic.   BB There Is A Solution, p.27  
The doctor said: "You have the mind of a chronic alcoholic.


7.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... alcoholic.   BB More About Alcoholism, p.31  
Physicians who are familiar with alcoholism agree there is no such thing as making a normal drinker out of an alcoholic.


8.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... alcoholic."   BB More About Alcoholism, p.33  
We have seen the truth demonstrated again and again: "Once an alcoholic, always an alcoholic."


9.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... alcoholic.   BB More About Alcoholism, p.34  
Though you may be able to stop for a considerable period, you may yet be a potential alcoholic.


10.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... alcoholic.   BB More About Alcoholism, p.36  
He had much knowledge about himself as an alcoholic.


11.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... alcoholic.   BB More About Alcoholism, p.39  
Yet, he is alcoholic.


12.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... alcoholic.   BB We Agnostics, p.44  
We hope we have made clear the distinction between the alcoholic and the non-alcoholic.


13.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... alcoholic.   BB We Agnostics, p.44  
If, when you honestly want to, you find you cannot quit entirely, or if when drinking, you have little control over the amount you take, you are probably alcoholic.


14.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... alcoholic.   BB Working With Others, p.91  
When he sees you know all about the drinking game, commence to describe yourself as an alcoholic.


15.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... alcoholic.   BB Working With Others, p.92  
And be careful not to brand him as an alcoholic.


16.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... alcoholic.   BB Working With Others, p.92  
If he sticks to the idea that he can still control his drinking, tell him that possibly he can -- if he is not too alcoholic.


17.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... alcoholic.   BB Working With Others, p.92  
You will soon have your friend admitting he has many, if not all, of the traits of the alcoholic.


18.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... alcoholic.   BB Working With Others, p.102  
Some of us still serve it to our friends provided they are not alcoholic.


19.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... alcoholic.   BB To Wives, p.104  
What they say will apply to nearly everyone bound by ties of blood or affection to an alcoholic.


20.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... alcoholic.   BB To Wives, p.109  
He would probably be insulted if he were called an alcoholic.


21.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... alcoholic.   BB To Wives, p.109  
These are the earmarks of a real alcoholic.


22.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... alcoholic.   BB To Wives, p.117  
Never forget that resentment is a deadly hazard to an alcoholic.


23.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... alcoholic.   BB To Wives, p.119  
It is probably true that you and your husband have been living too much alone, for drinking many times isolates the wife of an alcoholic.


24.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... alcoholic.   BB To Employers, p.138  
One day he told me about an executive of the same bank who, from his description, was undoubtedly alcoholic.


25.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... alcoholic.   BB To Employers, p.140  
Normal drinkers are not so affected, nor can they understand the aberrations of the alcoholic.


26.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... alcoholic.   BB To Employers, p.148  
It boils right down to this: No man should be fired just because he is alcoholic.


27.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... alcoholic.   BB To Employers, p.149  
As to them, his policy is undoubtedly sound, but he did not distinguish between such people and the alcoholic.


28.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... alcoholic.(*)   BB A Vision For You, p.155  
Painfully aware of being somehow abnormal, the man did not fully realize what it meant to be alcoholic.(*)


29.
View STEP TWO essay   ... alcoholic.   12&12 Step Two, p.31  
"As psychiatrists have often observed, defiance is the outstanding characteristic of many an alcoholic.


30.
View STEP THREE essay   ... alcoholic.   12&12 Step Three, p.37  
One good look in the mirror ought to be answer enough for any alcoholic.


31.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... alcoholic.   12&12 Step Twelve, p.110  
To watch the eyes of men and women open with wonder as they move from darkness into light, to see their lives quickly fill with new purpose and meaning, to see whole families reassembled, to see the alcoholic outcast received back into his community in full citizenship, and above all to watch these people awaken to the presence of a loving God in their lives -- these things are the substance of what we receive as we carry A.A.'s message to the next alcoholic.


32.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... alcoholic, a wife gets worn out, resentful ...   BB Into Action, p.81  
After a few years with an alcoholic, a wife gets worn out, resentful and uncommunicative.


33.
View THE DOCTOR'S OPINION   ... alcoholic addiction.   BB The Doctor's Opinion, p.xxvii  
The subject presented in this book seems to me to be of paramount importance to those afflicted with alcoholic addiction.


34.
View STEP ONE essay   ... alcoholic after all.   12&12 Step One, p.23  
To the doubters we could say, "Perhaps you're not an alcoholic after all.


35.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   ... alcoholic almost from the start.   BB Doctor Bob's Nightmare, p.172  
Never once in my life have I had a headache, which fact leads me to believe that I was an alcoholic almost from the start.


36.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... alcoholic alternately loves and hates her maternal ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.118  
The wife usually goes on doing the best she knows how, but meanwhile the alcoholic alternately loves and hates her maternal care.


37.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... alcoholic, always an alcoholic."   BB More About Alcoholism, p.33  
We have seen the truth demonstrated again and again: "Once an alcoholic, always an alcoholic."


38.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... alcoholic an opportunity to live and be ...   BB Working With Others, p.96  
To spend too much time on any one situation is to deny some other alcoholic an opportunity to live and be happy.


39.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... alcoholic and could not manage our own ...   BB How It Works, p.60  
(a) That we were alcoholic and could not manage our own lives.


40.
View THE DOCTOR'S OPINION   ... alcoholic and drug addiction.   BB The Doctor's Opinion, p.xxvii  
I say this after many years' experience as Medical Director of one of the oldest hospitals in the country treating alcoholic and drug addiction.


41.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... alcoholic and drug addiction.   BB A Vision For You, pp.161-162  
In one of these there is a well-known hospital for the treatment of alcoholic and drug addiction.


42.
View THE DOCTOR'S OPINION   ... alcoholic and drug addiction, gave Alcoholics Anonymous ...   BB The Doctor's Opinion, p.xxv  
A well-known doctor, chief physician at a nationally prominent hospital specializing in alcoholic and drug addiction, gave Alcoholics Anonymous this letter:


43.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... alcoholic and if I were really licked ...   BB More About Alcoholism, p.42  
They grinned, which I didn't like so much, and then asked me if I thought myself alcoholic and if I were really licked this time.


44.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... alcoholic and in a serious condition.   BB More About Alcoholism, p.35  
He agreed he was a real alcoholic and in a serious condition.


45.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... alcoholic, and lack of knowledge as to ...   BB To Employers, p.139  
To me, this incident illustrates lack of understanding as to what really ails the alcoholic, and lack of knowledge as to what part employers might profitably take in salvaging their sick employees.


46.
View TRADITION TEN essay   ... alcoholic and nonalcoholic, to use the society ...   12&12 Tradition Ten, p.178  
Instead, the Washingtonians permitted politicians and reformers, both alcoholic and nonalcoholic, to use the society for their own purposes.


47.
View STEP SEVEN essay   ... alcoholic, and surely no member of A.A., ...   12&12 Step Seven, p.71  
Certainly no alcoholic, and surely no member of A.A., wants to deprecate material achievement.


48.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... alcoholic and the non-alcoholic.   BB We Agnostics, p.44  
We hope we have made clear the distinction between the alcoholic and the non-alcoholic.


49.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... alcoholic and try again.   BB Working With Others, p.96  
Search out another alcoholic and try again.


50.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... alcoholic and very far advanced, there is ...   BB More About Alcoholism, p.34  
If he is a real alcoholic and very far advanced, there is scant chance of success.


51.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... alcoholic and warps his mind.   BB A Vision For You, p.157  
The man in the bed was told of the acute poisoning from which he suffered, how it deteriorates the body of an alcoholic and warps his mind.


52.
View TRADITION THREE essay   ... alcoholic and whether he should join us?   12&12 Tradition Three, p.141  
Why did we leave it to each newcomer to decide himself whether he was an alcoholic and whether he should join us?


53.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... alcoholic and which finally translates the Twelve ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.109  
The wonderful energy it releases and the eager action by which it carries our message to the next suffering alcoholic and which finally translates the Twelve Steps into action upon all our affairs is the payoff, the magnificent reality, of Alcoholics Anonymous.


54.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... alcoholic angle, had to smile at this ...   BB To Employers, p.149  
We, who have collectively seen a great deal of business life, at least from the alcoholic angle, had to smile at this gentleman's sincere opinion.


55.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... alcoholic, as our behavior patterns vary.   BB There Is A Solution, p.22  
This is by no means a comprehensive picture of the true alcoholic, as our behavior patterns vary.


56.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... alcoholic as the employer sees him.   BB To Employers, p.136  
He knows the alcoholic as the employer sees him.


57.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... alcoholic as we were, we believe there ...   BB There Is A Solution, p.25  
If you are as seriously alcoholic as we were, we believe there is no middle-of-the-road solution.


58.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... alcoholic at certain times has no effective ...   BB More About Alcoholism, p.43  
Once more: The alcoholic at certain times has no effective mental defense against the first drink.


59.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... alcoholic, begin to dwell on the hopeless ...   BB Working With Others, p.92  
If you are satisfied that he is a real alcoholic, begin to dwell on the hopeless feature of the malady.


60.
View FOREWORD TO SECOND EDITION   ... alcoholic, but he had succeeded only in ...   BB Foreword to Second Edition, p.xvi  
Prior to his journey to Akron, the broker had worked hard with many alcoholics on the theory that only an alcoholic could help an alcoholic, but he had succeeded only in keeping sober himself.


61.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... alcoholic, but you can quickly diagnose yourself.   BB More About Alcoholism, p.31  
We do not like to pronounce any individual as alcoholic, but you can quickly diagnose yourself.


62.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... alcoholic can ask questions like these: In ...   12&12 Step Four, p.51  
Surveying his business or employment record, almost any alcoholic can ask questions like these: In addition to my drinking problem, what character defects contributed to my financial instability?


63.
View STEP SEVEN essay   ... alcoholic can stay sober at all.   12&12 Step Seven, p.70  
For without some degree of humility, no alcoholic can stay sober at all.


64.
View APPENDIX II, Spiritual Experience   ... alcoholic capable of honestly facing his problems ...   BB Appendix II, Spiritual Experience, p.568  
Most emphatically we wish to say that any alcoholic capable of honestly facing his problems in the light of our experience can recover, provided he does not close his mind to all spiritual concepts.


65.
View TRADITION FOUR essay   ... alcoholic center, a kind of pilot plant ...   12&12 Tradition Four, p.147  
They figured the town needed a great big alcoholic center, a kind of pilot plant A.A. groups could duplicate everywhere.


66.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... alcoholic centers in his mind, rather than ...   BB There Is A Solution, p.23  
Therefore, the main problem of the alcoholic centers in his mind, rather than in his body.


67.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... alcoholic commences to rely upon our assistance ...   BB Working With Others, p.98  
The minute we put our work on a service plane, the alcoholic commences to rely upon our assistance rather than upon God.


68.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... alcoholic condition was relieved, as in fact ...   BB More About Alcoholism, p.42  
But the moment I made up my mind to go through with the process, I had the curious feeling that my alcoholic condition was relieved, as in fact it proved to be.


69.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... alcoholic continue his program day by day.   BB Working With Others, p.99  
Let the alcoholic continue his program day by day.


70.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... alcoholic continues to demonstrate that he can ...   BB Working With Others, p.99  
These things will come to pass naturally and in good time provided, however, the alcoholic continues to demonstrate that he can be sober, considerate, and helpful, regardless of what anyone says or does.


71.
View FOREWORD TO SECOND EDITION   ... alcoholic could affect another as no nonalcoholic ...   BB Foreword to Second Edition, p.xvi  
This seemed to prove that one alcoholic could affect another as no nonalcoholic could.


72.
View STEP SIX essay   ... alcoholic, could certainly be given a long-term ...   12&12 Step Six, p.69  
That word, in the mind of a rationalizing alcoholic, could certainly be given a long-term meaning.


73.
View FOREWORD TO SECOND EDITION   ... alcoholic could help an alcoholic, but he ...   BB Foreword to Second Edition, p.xvi  
Prior to his journey to Akron, the broker had worked hard with many alcoholics on the theory that only an alcoholic could help an alcoholic, but he had succeeded only in keeping sober himself.


74.
View FOREWORD TO SECOND EDITION   ... alcoholic could live, so we had to ...   BB Foreword to Second Edition, p.xix  
As we discovered the principles by which the individual alcoholic could live, so we had to evolve principles by which the A.A. groups and A.A. as a whole could survive and function effectively.


75.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... alcoholic crackpot; now, I suspected, a little ...   BB Bill's Story, p.9  
So that was it -- last summer an alcoholic crackpot; now, I suspected, a little cracked about religion.


76.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... alcoholic crowd?   BB To Employers, p.138  
Why not bring him into contact with some of our alcoholic crowd?


77.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... alcoholic death or to live on a ...   BB We Agnostics, p.44  
To be doomed to an alcoholic death or to live on a spiritual basis are not always easy alternatives to face.


78.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... alcoholic derelictions, the treatment about to be ...   BB To Employers, p.143  
While on the subject of confidence, can you adopt the attitude that so far as you are concerned this will be a strictly personal matter, that his alcoholic derelictions, the treatment about to be undertaken, will never be discussed without his consent?


79.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... alcoholic despair.   BB A Vision For You, p.155  
His call to the clergyman led him presently to a certain resident of the town, who, though formerly able and respected, was then nearing the nadir of alcoholic despair.


80.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... alcoholic destruction, we soon became as open ...   BB We Agnostics, p.48  
Faced with alcoholic destruction, we soon became as open minded on spiritual matters as we had tried to be on other questions.


81.
View FOREWORD TO SECOND EDITION   ... alcoholic dilemma but had failed.   BB Foreword to Second Edition, p.xvi  
This physician had repeatedly tried spiritual means to resolve his alcoholic dilemma but had failed.


82.
View FOREWORD   ... alcoholic's dilemma was made clear.   12&12 Foreword, p.17  
In it alcoholism was described from the alcoholic's point of view, the spiritual ideas of the Society were codified for the first time in the Twelve Steps, and the application of these Steps to the alcoholic's dilemma was made clear.


83.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... alcoholic does not respond, there is no ...   BB Working With Others, p.97  
Though an alcoholic does not respond, there is no reason why you should neglect his family.


84.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... alcoholic's drinking bout creates.   BB There Is A Solution, p.23  
Sometimes these excuses have a certain plausibility, but none of them really makes sense in the light of the havoc an alcoholic's drinking bout creates.


85.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... alcoholic's drinking exploits.   BB To Employers, p.145  
One instance comes to mind in which a malicious individual was always making friendly little jokes about an alcoholic's drinking exploits.


86.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... alcoholic employee.   BB To Employers, p.148  
He will have no further reason for covering up an alcoholic employee.


87.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... alcoholic employee will receive a disproportionate amount ...   BB To Employers, p.149  
It is not to be expected that an alcoholic employee will receive a disproportionate amount of time and attention.


88.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... alcoholic employees, who produce as much as ...   BB To Employers, pp.149-150  
There are two alcoholic employees, who produce as much as five normal salesmen.


89.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... alcoholic ever recovers control.   BB More About Alcoholism, p.30  
We know that no real alcoholic ever recovers control.


90.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... alcoholic excuses naturally arouses suspicion.   BB To Employers, p.146  
Long experience with alcoholic excuses naturally arouses suspicion.


91.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... alcoholic failed to perfect and enlarge his ...   BB Bill's Story, p.14  
For if an alcoholic failed to perfect and enlarge his spiritual life through work and self-sacrifice for others, he could not survive the certain trials and low spots ahead.


92.
View THE DOCTOR'S OPINION   ... alcoholic field.   BB The Doctor's Opinion, p.xxvii  
The unselfishness of these men as we have come to know them, the entire absence of profit motive, and their community spirit, is indeed inspiring to one who has labored long and wearily in this alcoholic field.


93.
View TRADITION SEVEN essay   ... alcoholic's first drink it would, if taken, ...   12&12 Tradition Seven, p.164  
Compared to this prospect, the ten thousand dollars under consideration wasn't much, but like the alcoholic's first drink it would, if taken, inevitably set up a disastrous chain reaction.


94.
View TRADITION SEVEN essay   ... Alcoholic Foundation a sum of ten thousand ...   12&12 Tradition Seven, p.163  
When her will was read, it was discovered she had left Alcoholics Anonymous in trust with the Alcoholic Foundation a sum of ten thousand dollars.


95.
View TRADITION THREE essay   ... Alcoholic Foundation, Inc., was changed to the ...   12&12 Tradition Three (Note), p.140  
(*) In 1954, the name of the Alcoholic Foundation, Inc., was changed to the General Service Board of Alcoholics Anonymous, Inc., and the Foundation office is now the General Service Office.


96.
View TRADITION FOUR essay   ... Alcoholic Foundation, Inc., was changed to the ...   12&12 Tradition Four (Note), p.148  
(*) In 1954, the name of the Alcoholic Foundation, Inc., was changed to the General Service Board of Alcoholics Anonymous, Inc., and the Foundation office is now the General Service Office.


97.
View TRADITION SEVEN essay   ... Alcoholic Foundation, Inc., was changed to the ...   12&12 Tradition Seven (Note), p.162  
(*) In 1954, the name of the Alcoholic Foundation, Inc., was changed to the General Service Board of Alcoholics Anonymous, Inc., and the Foundation office is now the General Service Office.


98.
View TRADITION EIGHT essay   ... Alcoholic Foundation, Inc., was changed to the ...   12&12 Tradition Eight (Note), p.168  
(*) In 1954, the name of the Alcoholic Foundation, Inc., was changed to the General Service Board of Alcoholics Anonymous, Inc., and the Foundation office is now the General Service Office.


99.
View TRADITION NINE essay   ... Alcoholic Foundation, Inc., was changed to the ...   12&12 Tradition Nine (Note), p.173  
(*) In 1954, the name of the Alcoholic Foundation, Inc., was changed to the General Service Board of Alcoholics Anonymous, Inc., and the Foundation office is now the General Service Office.


100.
View TRADITION ELEVEN essay   ... Alcoholic Foundation, Inc., was changed to the ...   12&12 Tradition Eleven (Note), p.182  
(*) In 1954, the name of the Alcoholic Foundation, Inc., was changed to the General Service Board of Alcoholics Anonymous, Inc., and the Foundation office is now the General Service Office.


101.
View FOREWORD TO SECOND EDITION   ... alcoholic friend who had been in contact ...   BB Foreword to Second Edition, pp.xv-xvi  
Six months earlier, the broker had been relieved of his drink obsession by a sudden spiritual experience, following a meeting with an alcoholic friend who had been in contact with the Oxford Groups of that day.


102.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... alcoholic friends.   BB To Wives, p.119  
We suggest that you direct some of your thought to the wives of his new alcoholic friends.


103.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... alcoholic friends had told me, how they ...   BB More About Alcoholism, p.41  
I now remembered what my alcoholic friends had told me, how they prophesied that if I had an alcoholic mind, the time and place would come -- I would drink again.


104.
View TRADITION TWO essay   ... alcoholic friends, who were making as much ...   12&12 Tradition Two, p.136  
I thought of a few of my alcoholic friends, who were making as much money as ever.


105.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... alcoholic from any moral or spiritual hilltop; ...   BB Working With Others, p.95  
Never talk down to an alcoholic from any moral or spiritual hilltop; simply lay out the kit of spiritual tools for his inspection.


106.
View TRADITION THREE essay   ... alcoholic's full chance was sometimes to pronounce ...   12&12 Tradition Three, p.141  
At last experience taught us that to take away any alcoholic's full chance was sometimes to pronounce his death sentence, and often to condemn him to endless misery.


107.
View STEP ONE essay   ... alcoholic had planted in the mind of ...   12&12 Step One, p.23  
It was then discovered that when one alcoholic had planted in the mind of another the true nature of his malady, that person could never be the same again.


108.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... alcoholic has accomplished in a few weeks ...   BB To Wives, p.118  
We do not like the thought that the contents of a book or the work of another alcoholic has accomplished in a few weeks that for which we struggled for years.


109.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... alcoholic has been marked by escapades, funny, ...   BB The Family Afterward, p.123  
Now and then the family will be plagued by spectres from the past, for the drinking career of almost every alcoholic has been marked by escapades, funny, humiliating, shameful or tragic.


110.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... alcoholic has often seemed a fool of ...   BB To Employers, p.137  
To him the alcoholic has often seemed a fool of the first magnitude.


111.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... alcoholic has -- that his long period of ...   BB More About Alcoholism, p.32  
Then he fell victim to a belief which practically every alcoholic has -- that his long period of sobriety and self-discipline had qualified him to drink as other men.


112.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... alcoholic he did, like us, go through ...   12&12 Step Eleven, p.99  
We won't be biased or scared off by that fact, because although he was not an alcoholic he did, like us, go through the emotional wringer.


113.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... alcoholic, he is almost certain to have.   BB To Employers, p.142  
If he temporizes and still thinks he can ever drink again, even beer, he might as well be discharged after the next bender which, if an alcoholic, he is almost certain to have.


114.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... alcoholic, he passes into a state where ...   BB There Is A Solution, p.24  
At a certain point in the drinking of every alcoholic, he passes into a state where the most powerful desire to stop drinking is of absolutely no avail.


115.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... alcoholic, he told himself he came to ...   BB More About Alcoholism, p.39  
Far from admitting he was an alcoholic, he told himself he came to the hospital to rest his nerves.


116.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... alcoholic, he will laugh it off, or ...   BB There Is A Solution, p.23  
If you draw this fallacious reasoning to the attention of an alcoholic, he will laugh it off, or become irritated and refuse to talk.


117.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... alcoholic, he will understand you at once.   BB Working With Others, p.92  
If he is alcoholic, he will understand you at once.


118.
View TRADITION EIGHT essay   ... alcoholic, he'd receive only what we'd have ...   12&12 Tradition Eight, p.168  
If we hired an alcoholic, he'd receive only what we'd have to pay a nonalcoholic for the same job.


119.
View FOREWORD TO SECOND EDITION   ... alcoholic himself, we surely have no monopoly.   BB Foreword to Second Edition, p.xxi  
Upon therapy for the alcoholic himself, we surely have no monopoly.


120.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... alcoholic, his wife, his children, his "in-laws", ...   BB The Family Afterward, p.122  
The alcoholic, his wife, his children, his "in-laws", each one is likely to have fixed ideas about the family's attitude towards himself or herself.


121.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... alcoholic housewife can also make the family ...   12&12 Step Four, p.51  
But the alcoholic housewife can also make the family financially insecure.


122.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... alcoholic husband.   BB To Wives, p.108  
These are some of the questions which race through the mind of every woman who has an alcoholic husband.


123.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... alcoholic husband no matter what he says ...   BB To Wives, p.108  
Try not to condemn your alcoholic husband no matter what he says or does.


124.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... alcoholic illness, for with it there goes ...   BB There Is A Solution, p.18  
But not so with the alcoholic illness, for with it there goes annihilation of all the things worth while in life.


125.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... alcoholic illness, we might have behaved differently.   BB To Wives, p.107  
Had we fully understood the nature of the alcoholic illness, we might have behaved differently.


126.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... alcoholic in a few hours.   BB There Is A Solution, p.18  
But the ex-problem drinker who has found this solution, who is properly armed with facts about himself, can generally win the entire confidence of another alcoholic in a few hours.


127.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... alcoholic in his cups is an unlovely ...   BB Bill's Story, p.16  
An alcoholic in his cups is an unlovely creature.


128.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... alcoholic in the home is likely to ...   BB To Wives (Note), p.104  
(*) Written in 1939, when there were few women in A.A., this chapter assumes that the alcoholic in the home is likely to be the husband.


129.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... alcoholic in your organization is many times ...   BB To Employers, p.139  
A look at the alcoholic in your organization is many times illuminating.


130.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... alcoholic insanity.   BB Bill's Story, p.9  
Rumor had it that he had been committed for alcoholic insanity.


131.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... alcoholic instead!   BB Working With Others, p.102  
But if you are shaky, you had better work with another alcoholic instead!


132.
View TRADITION THREE essay   ... alcoholic is a member of our Society ...   12&12 Tradition Three, p.145  
So the hand of Providence early gave us a sign that any alcoholic is a member of our Society when he says so.


133.
View FOREWORD TO FIRST EDITION   ... alcoholic is a very sick person.   BB Foreword to First Edition, p.xiii  
Many do not comprehend that the alcoholic is a very sick person.


134.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... alcoholic is almost sure to make any ...   BB The Family Afterward, p.122  
A doctor said to us, "Years of living with an alcoholic is almost sure to make any wife or child neurotic.


135.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... alcoholic is an extreme example of self-will ...   BB How It Works, p.62  
They arise out of ourselves, and the alcoholic is an extreme example of self-will run riot, though he usually doesn't think so.


136.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... alcoholic is concerned, are not always so.   BB To Employers, p.139  
Drinking occasionally, and understanding your own reactions, it is possible for you to become quite sure of many things which, so far as the alcoholic is concerned, are not always so.


137.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... alcoholic is easily understood.   BB To Employers, p.137  
That he has not always done so for the alcoholic is easily understood.


138.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... alcoholic is like a tornado roaring his ...   BB Into Action, p.82  
The alcoholic is like a tornado roaring his way through the lives of others.


139.
View THE DOCTOR'S OPINION   ... alcoholic is quite as abnormal as his ...   BB The Doctor's Opinion, p.xxvi  
In this statement he confirms what we who have suffered alcoholic torture must believe -- that the body of the alcoholic is quite as abnormal as his mind.


140.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... alcoholic is strangely irrational.   BB To Employers, p.140  
No wonder an alcoholic is strangely irrational.


141.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... alcoholic keeps away from drink, as he ...   BB There Is A Solution, p.22  
We know that while the alcoholic keeps away from drink, as he may do for months or years, he reacts much like other men.


142.
View STEP THREE essay   ... alcoholic lapses or emotional binges than A.A.'s ...   12&12 Step Three, p.38  
They had even fewer alcoholic lapses or emotional binges than A.A.'s safe at home did.


143.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... alcoholic leads a double life.   BB Into Action, p.73  
More than most people, the alcoholic leads a double life.


144.
View THE DOCTOR'S OPINION   ... alcoholic life seems the only normal one.   BB The Doctor's Opinion, p.xxviii  
To them, their alcoholic life seems the only normal one.


145.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... alcoholic longs for the return of happiness ...   BB The Family Afterward, p.123  
The family of an alcoholic longs for the return of happiness and security.


146.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... alcoholic looks for this spirit among us ...   BB Working With Others, p.103  
Every new alcoholic looks for this spirit among us and is immensely relieved when he finds we are not witch-burners.


147.
View FOREWORD TO SECOND EDITION   ... alcoholic man or woman could be excluded ...   BB Foreword to Second Edition, p.xix  
It was thought that no alcoholic man or woman could be excluded from our Society; that our leaders might serve but never govern; that each group was to be autonomous and there was to be no professional class of therapy.


148.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... alcoholic may find it hard to re-establish ...   BB The Family Afterward, p.134  
The alcoholic may find it hard to re-establish friendly relations with his children.


149.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... alcoholic may say to himself in the ...   BB There Is A Solution, p.24  
The alcoholic may say to himself in the most casual way, "It won't burn me this time, so here's how!"


150.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... alcoholic member has to if he would ...   BB The Family Afterward, p.135  
Whether the family goes on a spiritual basis or not, the alcoholic member has to if he would recover.


151.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... alcoholic member is trying to live.   BB The Family Afterward, p.130  
One more suggestion: Whether the family has spiritual convictions or not, they may do well to examine the principles by which the alcoholic member is trying to live.


152.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   ... alcoholic men and women, and to all ...   BB Doctor Bob's Nightmare, p.171  
To 1950, the year of his death, he carried the A.A. message to more than 5,000 alcoholic men and women, and to all these he gave his medical services without thought of charge.


153.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... alcoholic men and women, desperately in need, ...   BB There Is A Solution, p.29  
Our hope is that many alcoholic men and women, desperately in need, will see these pages, and we believe that it is only by fully disclosing ourselves and our problems that they will be persuaded to say, "Yes, I am one of them too; I must have this thing."


154.
View PREFACE   ... alcoholic men and women to recovery, there ...   BB Preface, p.xi  
Because this book has become the basic text for our Society and has helped such large numbers of alcoholic men and women to recovery, there exists strong sentiment against any radical changes being made in it.


155.
View FOREWORD   ... alcoholic men and women who are banded ...   12&12 Foreword, p.15  
Alcoholics Anonymous is a worldwide fellowship of more than one hundred thousand(*) alcoholic men and women who are banded together to solve their common problems and to help fellow sufferers in recovery from that age-old, baffling malady, alcoholism.


156.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... alcoholic mentality, such as I had exhibited ...   BB More About Alcoholism, p.42  
They piled on me heaps of evidence to the effect that an alcoholic mentality, such as I had exhibited in Washington, was a hopeless condition.


157.
View TRADITION THREE essay   ... alcoholic might bring.   12&12 Tradition Three, p.142  
We are much more afraid of what people might say than the trouble this strange alcoholic might bring.


158.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... alcoholic mind.   BB More About Alcoholism, p.42  
I knew from that moment that I had an alcoholic mind.


159.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... alcoholic mind, the time and place would ...   BB More About Alcoholism, p.41  
I now remembered what my alcoholic friends had told me, how they prophesied that if I had an alcoholic mind, the time and place would come -- I would drink again.


160.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... alcoholic mind; there is something the matter ...   BB Working With Others, p.101  
An alcoholic who cannot meet them, still has an alcoholic mind; there is something the matter with his spiritual status.


161.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... alcoholic, much less accept a spiritual remedy ...   BB More About Alcoholism, p.39  
Fred would not believe himself an alcoholic, much less accept a spiritual remedy for his problem.


162.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... alcoholic myself!   BB To Employers, p.137  
What irony -- I became an alcoholic myself!


163.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... alcoholic obsession that few knew of his ...   BB A Vision For You, p.155  
He had, of course, the familiar alcoholic obsession that few knew of his drinking.


164.
View THE DOCTOR'S OPINION   ... alcoholic of a type I had come ...   BB The Doctor's Opinion, p.xxv  
In late 1934 I attended a patient who, though he had been a competent businessman of good earning capacity, was an alcoholic of a type I had come to regard as hopeless.


165.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... alcoholic of the hopeless variety.   BB We Agnostics, p.44  
To one who feels he is an atheist or agnostic such an experience seems impossible, but to continue as he is means disaster, especially if he is an alcoholic of the hopeless variety.


166.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... alcoholic of this temperament may be quick ...   BB To Wives, p.108  
An alcoholic of this temperament may be quick to use this chapter as a club over your head.


167.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... alcoholic of your description."(*)   BB There Is A Solution, p.27  
With many individuals the methods which I employed are successful, but I have never been successful with an alcoholic of your description."(*)


168.
View APPENDIX III, The Medical View on A.A.   ... alcoholic often overcomes his excessive concentration upon ...   BB Appendix III, The Medical View on A.A., p.570  
They help others with similar problems ... In this atmosphere the alcoholic often overcomes his excessive concentration upon himself.


169.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... alcoholic only seems to be unloving and ...   BB To Wives, p.108  
Of course, there is such a thing as incompatibility, but in nearly every instance the alcoholic only seems to be unloving and inconsiderate; it is usually because he is warped and sickened that he says and does these appalling things.


170.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... alcoholic or his wife have had love ...   BB The Family Afterward, p.124  
For example, we know of situations in which the alcoholic or his wife have had love affairs.


171.
View FOREWORD   ... alcoholic or not.   12&12 Foreword, p.16  
They see in them a way to happy and effective living for many, alcoholic or not.


172.
View THE DOCTOR'S OPINION   ... alcoholic ought to be freed from his ...   BB The Doctor's Opinion, p.xxvii  
Of course an alcoholic ought to be freed from his physical craving for liquor, and this often requires a definite hospital procedure, before psychological measures can be of maximum benefit.


173.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... alcoholic outcast received back into his community ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.110  
To watch the eyes of men and women open with wonder as they move from darkness into light, to see their lives quickly fill with new purpose and meaning, to see whole families reassembled, to see the alcoholic outcast received back into his community in full citizenship, and above all to watch these people awaken to the presence of a loving God in their lives -- these things are the substance of what we receive as we carry A.A.'s message to the next alcoholic.


174.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... alcoholic's past thus becomes the principal asset ...   BB The Family Afterward, p.124  
The alcoholic's past thus becomes the principal asset of the family and frequently it is almost the only one!


175.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... alcoholic patients the whole story unless it ...   BB Working With Others, p.92  
Doctors are rightly loath to tell alcoholic patients the whole story unless it will serve some good purpose.


176.
View THE DOCTOR'S OPINION   ... alcoholic people must have depth and weight.   BB The Doctor's Opinion, p.xxviii  
The message which can interest and hold these alcoholic people must have depth and weight.


177.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... alcoholic pit.   BB Into Action, p.79  
Therefore, we are not to be the hasty and foolish martyr who would needlessly sacrifice others to save himself from the alcoholic pit.


178.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... alcoholic's plight is, in my opinion, correct.   BB More About Alcoholism, p.43  
One of these men, staff member of a world-renowned hospital, recently made this statement to some of us: "What you say about the general hopelessness of the average alcoholic's plight is, in my opinion, correct.


179.
View FOREWORD   ... alcoholic's point of view, the spiritual ideas ...   12&12 Foreword, p.17  
In it alcoholism was described from the alcoholic's point of view, the spiritual ideas of the Society were codified for the first time in the Twelve Steps, and the application of these Steps to the alcoholic's dilemma was made clear.


180.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... alcoholic problem.   BB To Wives, p.111  
This may lay the groundwork for a friendly talk about his alcoholic problem.


181.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... alcoholic problem."   BB To Employers, pp.148-149  
I don't see how you can be of any help to us for, as you see, we don't have any alcoholic problem."


182.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... alcoholic problem, but we shall be of ...   BB Working With Others, p.103  
Some day we hope that Alcoholics Anonymous will help the public to a better realization of the gravity of the alcoholic problem, but we shall be of little use if our attitude is one of bitterness or hostility.


183.
View TRADITION EIGHT essay   ... alcoholic problem in industry, when some became ...   12&12 Tradition Eight, p.167  
Even greater furors were provoked when A.A. members began to run rest homes and farms for alcoholics, when some hired out to corporations as personnel men in charge of the alcoholic problem in industry, when some became nurses on alcoholic wards, when others entered the field of alcohol education.


184.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... alcoholic problem, it might pay to take ...   BB To Employers, p.149  
Even if you feel your organization has no alcoholic problem, it might pay to take another look down the line.


185.
View THE DOCTOR'S OPINION   ... alcoholic problem was so complex, and his ...   BB The Doctor's Opinion, p.xxxi  
His alcoholic problem was so complex, and his depression so great, that we felt his only hope would be through what we then called "moral psychology," and we doubted if even that would have any effect.


186.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... alcoholic problem was taken away.   BB We Agnostics, p.56  
His alcoholic problem was taken away.


187.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... alcoholic problems and explain our fellowship.   BB We Agnostics, p.45  
Many times we talk to a new man and watch his hope rise as we discuss his alcoholic problems and explain our fellowship.


188.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... alcoholic prospect.   BB To Employers, p.148  
He need not, and often should not show it to his alcoholic prospect.


189.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... alcoholic prospect.   BB A Vision For You, p.156  
They explained their need and inquired if she had a first class alcoholic prospect.


190.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... alcoholic reacts differently from normal people.   BB There Is A Solution, p.22  
Opinions vary considerably as to why the alcoholic reacts differently from normal people.


191.
View FOREWORD   ... alcoholic readers and proved to them that ...   12&12 Foreword, p.17  
This established identification with alcoholic readers and proved to them that the virtually impossible had now become possible.


192.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... alcoholic readers as it has been revealed ...   BB More About Alcoholism, p.39  
This is a point we wish to emphasize and re-emphasize, to smash home upon our alcoholic readers as it has been revealed to us out of bitter experience.


193.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... alcoholic readers may think they can do ...   BB There Is A Solution, p.27  
Some of our alcoholic readers may think they can do without spiritual help.


194.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... alcoholic, realizing what his wife has endured, ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.119  
The alcoholic, realizing what his wife has endured, and now fully understanding how much he himself did to damage her and his children, nearly always takes up his marriage responsibilities with a willingness to repair what he can and to accept what he can't.


195.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... alcoholic run-around -- provided, of course, they are ...   BB To Employers, p.146  
After your man has gone along without drinking for a few months, you may be able to make use of his services with other employees who are giving you the alcoholic run-around -- provided, of course, they are willing to have a third party in the picture.


196.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... alcoholic say he cannot recover unless he ...   BB Working With Others, p.99  
Let no alcoholic say he cannot recover unless he has his family back.


197.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... alcoholic say that the only thing he ...   BB Into Action, p.82  
Sometimes we hear an alcoholic say that the only thing he needs to do is to keep sober.


198.
View STEP ONE essay   ... alcoholic, self-centered in the extreme, doesn't care ...   12&12 Step One, p.24  
No, the average alcoholic, self-centered in the extreme, doesn't care for this prospect -- unless he has to do these things in order to stay alive himself.


199.
View FOREWORD TO THIRD EDITION   ... alcoholic, sharing experience, strength, and hope.   BB Foreword to Third Edition, p.xxii  
Each day, somewhere in the world, recovery begins when one alcoholic talks with another alcoholic, sharing experience, strength, and hope.


200.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... alcoholic sickness is discussed at length might ...   BB To Employers, p.140  
If this presents difficulty, re-reading chapters two and three, where the alcoholic sickness is discussed at length might be worth while.


201.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... alcoholic, so much the better.   BB Working With Others, p.92  
If his own doctor is willing to tell him that he is alcoholic, so much the better.


202.
View STEP TWO essay   ... alcoholic, soberly analyzing his destructive behavior, whether ...   12&12 Step Two, p.33  
Yet no alcoholic, soberly analyzing his destructive behavior, whether the destruction fell on the dining-room furniture or his own moral fiber, can claim "soundness of mind" for himself.


203.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... alcoholic, sometimes the model of honesty when ...   BB To Employers, p.140  
When drinking, or getting over a bout, an alcoholic, sometimes the model of honesty when normal, will do incredible things.


204.
View TRADITION TWELVE essay   ... alcoholic stigma, and spread the news of ...   12&12 Tradition Twelve, p.186  
These quiet disclosures helped him to lose his fear of the alcoholic stigma, and spread the news of A.A.'s existence in his community.


205.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... alcoholic sufferers and perhaps to the medical ...   BB More About Alcoholism, p.34  
The experiment of quitting for a period of time will be helpful, but we think we can render an even greater service to alcoholic sufferers and perhaps to the medical fraternity.


206.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... alcoholic survived this ordeal without relapse, but ...   BB The Family Afterward, p.125  
In most cases, the alcoholic survived this ordeal without relapse, but not always.


207.
View FOREWORD TO THIRD EDITION   ... alcoholic talks with another alcoholic, sharing experience, ...   BB Foreword to Third Edition, p.xxii  
Each day, somewhere in the world, recovery begins when one alcoholic talks with another alcoholic, sharing experience, strength, and hope.


208.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... alcoholic tendencies, he has probably placed himself ...   BB There Is A Solution, p.24  
When this sort of thinking is fully established in an individual with alcoholic tendencies, he has probably placed himself beyond human aid, and unless locked up, may die or go permanently insane.


209.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... alcoholic than a total abstainer would be.   BB To Employers, p.139  
Those who drink moderately may be more annoyed with an alcoholic than a total abstainer would be.


210.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... alcoholic that I was, I nearly failed ...   BB Bill's Story, p.2  
Potential alcoholic that I was, I nearly failed my law course.


211.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... alcoholic, the chapter to the agnostic, and ...   BB How It Works, p.60  
Our description of the alcoholic, the chapter to the agnostic, and our personal adventures before and after make clear three pertinent ideas:


212.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... alcoholic, the happy day may not arrive.   BB There Is A Solution, p.23  
The tragic truth is that if the man be a real alcoholic, the happy day may not arrive.


213.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... alcoholic, the one who is even blinder ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.109  
Even the newest of newcomers finds undreamed rewards as he tries to help his brother alcoholic, the one who is even blinder than he.


214.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... alcoholic, there may be a natural annoyance ...   BB To Employers, p.139  
When dealing with an alcoholic, there may be a natural annoyance that a man could be so weak, stupid and irresponsible.


215.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... alcoholic, this may seem like tempting Providence, ...   BB Working With Others, p.101  
To a person who has had experience with an alcoholic, this may seem like tempting Providence, but it isn't.


216.
View STEP THREE essay   ... alcoholic to conclude that dependence of any ...   12&12 Step Three, p.38  
This very form of faulty dependence has caused many a rebellious alcoholic to conclude that dependence of any sort must be intolerably damaging.


217.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... alcoholic to discuss his situation without reserve.   BB There Is A Solution, p.18  
Highly competent psychiatrists who have dealt with us have found it sometimes impossible to persuade an alcoholic to discuss his situation without reserve.


218.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... alcoholic to live in our homes for ...   BB Working With Others, p.97  
We seldom allow an alcoholic to live in our homes for long at a time.


219.
View THE DOCTOR'S OPINION   ... alcoholic to read this book through, and ...   BB The Doctor's Opinion, p.xxxii  
I earnestly advise every alcoholic to read this book through, and though perhaps he came to scoff, he may remain to pray.


220.
View THE DOCTOR'S OPINION   ... alcoholic torture must believe -- that the body ...   BB The Doctor's Opinion, p.xxvi  
In this statement he confirms what we who have suffered alcoholic torture must believe -- that the body of the alcoholic is quite as abnormal as his mind.


221.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... alcoholic tries to shield himself he may ...   BB Working With Others, p.101  
If the alcoholic tries to shield himself he may succeed for a time, but he usually winds up with a bigger explosion then ever.


222.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... alcoholic troubles.   BB The Family Afterward, p.125  
Everyone knows about the others' alcoholic troubles.


223.
View FOREWORD TO SECOND EDITION   ... alcoholic turned out to be the Akron ...   BB Foreword to Second Edition, p.xvi  
That alcoholic turned out to be the Akron physician.


224.
View TRADITION EIGHT essay   ... alcoholic wards, when others entered the field ...   12&12 Tradition Eight, p.167  
Even greater furors were provoked when A.A. members began to run rest homes and farms for alcoholics, when some hired out to corporations as personnel men in charge of the alcoholic problem in industry, when some became nurses on alcoholic wards, when others entered the field of alcohol education.


225.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... alcoholic was sent to a hospital for ...   BB To Employers, p.145  
In another case, an alcoholic was sent to a hospital for treatment.


226.
View TRADITION THREE essay   ... alcoholic we approached paid any attention; most ...   12&12 Tradition Three, p.139  
Hardly an alcoholic we approached paid any attention; most of those who did join us were like flickering candles in a windstorm.


227.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... alcoholic, we suggest you leave him alone.   BB To Wives, p.113  
If he is lukewarm or thinks he is not an alcoholic, we suggest you leave him alone.


228.
View TRADITION TWELVE essay   ... alcoholic, we'd sometimes discuss those intimate and ...   12&12 Tradition Twelve, p.185  
Enthusiastic over the spectacular recovery of a brother alcoholic, we'd sometimes discuss those intimate and harrowing aspects of his case meant for his sponsor's ear alone.


229.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... alcoholic -- whether she is still drinking or ...   BB To Wives (Note), p.104  
But many of the suggestions given here may be adapted to help the person who lives with a woman alcoholic -- whether she is still drinking or is recovering in A.A.


230.
View THE DOCTOR'S OPINION   ... alcoholic which leaves out this physical factor ...   BB The Doctor's Opinion, p.xxvi  
In our belief, any picture of the alcoholic which leaves out this physical factor is incomplete.


231.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... alcoholic who cannot meet them, still has ...   BB Working With Others, p.101  
An alcoholic who cannot meet them, still has an alcoholic mind; there is something the matter with his spiritual status.


232.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... alcoholic who comes along.   12&12 Step Eleven, p.96  
We A.A.'s are active folk, enjoying the satisfactions of dealing with the realities of life, usually for the first time in our lives, and strenuously trying to help the next alcoholic who comes along.


233.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... alcoholic who entered there came away with ...   BB A Vision For You, p.160  
Many an alcoholic who entered there came away with an answer.


234.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... alcoholic who had known a spiritual experience.   BB We Agnostics, p.56  
One night, when confined in a hospital, he was approached by an alcoholic who had known a spiritual experience.


235.
View TRADITION FIVE essay   ... alcoholic who has found a key to ...   12&12 Tradition Five, p.151  
The only thing that matters is that he is an alcoholic who has found a key to sobriety.


236.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... alcoholic who has lost all and is ...   BB How It Works, pp.61-62  
He is like the retired business man who lolls in the Florida sunshine in the winter complaining of the sad state of the nation; the minister who sighs over the sins of the twentieth century; politicians and reformers who are sure all would be Utopia if the rest of the world would only behave; the outlaw safe cracker who thinks society has wronged him; and the alcoholic who has lost all and is locked up.


237.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... alcoholic who has recovered, but holds a ...   BB To Employers, p.146  
An alcoholic who has recovered, but holds a relatively unimportant job, can talk to a man with a better position.


238.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... alcoholic who is able and willing to ...   BB Working With Others, p.97  
For the type of alcoholic who is able and willing to get well, little charity, in the ordinary sense of the word, is needed or wanted.


239.
View STEP ONE essay   ... alcoholic who is still drinking can dream ...   12&12 Step One, p.24  
For practicing A.A.'s remaining eleven Steps means the adoption of attitudes and actions that almost no alcoholic who is still drinking can dream of taking.


240.
View THE DOCTOR'S OPINION   ... alcoholic who is very jittery or befogged.   BB The Doctor's Opinion, p.xxvi  
Though we work out our solution on the spiritual as well as an altruistic plane, we favor hospitalization for the alcoholic who is very jittery or befogged.


241.
View STEP ONE essay   ... alcoholic who joins A.A. unless he has ...   12&12 Step One, p.21  
We know that little good can come to any alcoholic who joins A.A. unless he has first accepted his devastating weakness and all its consequences.


242.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... alcoholic who journeys will find a Fellowship ...   BB A Vision For You, p.162  
Some day we hope that every alcoholic who journeys will find a Fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous at his destination.


243.
View FOREWORD TO SECOND EDITION   ... alcoholic who journeys will find the Fellowship ...   BB Foreword to Second Edition, p.xv  
Our earliest printing voiced the hope "that every alcoholic who journeys will find the Fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous at his destination.


244.
View STEP TWO essay   ... alcoholic who means well and tries hard ...   12&12 Step Two, p.32  
To clergymen, doctors, friends, and families, the alcoholic who means well and tries hard is a heartbreaking riddle.


245.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... alcoholic who repeats time after time the ...   BB More About Alcoholism, p.35  
What sort of thinking dominates an alcoholic who repeats time after time the desperate experiment of the first drink?


246.
View APPENDIX VI, How to Get in Touch With A.A.   ... alcoholic who shows no immediate interest in ...   BB Appendix VI, How to Get in Touch With A.A., p.573  
Should you be the relative or friend of an alcoholic who shows no immediate interest in A.A., it is suggested that you write the Al-Anon Family Groups, Inc., 1600 Corporate Landing Parkway, Virginia Beach, VA 23456, USA.


247.
View APPENDIX I, The A.A. Tradition   ... alcoholic who still suffers.   BB Appendix I, The A.A. Tradition, p.562  
Five -- Each group has but one primary purpose -- to carry its message to the alcoholic who still suffers.


248.
View APPENDIX I, The A.A. Tradition   ... alcoholic who still suffers.   BB Appendix I, The A.A. Tradition, p.563  
5. Each Alcoholics Anonymous group ought to be a spiritual entity having but one primary purpose -- that of carrying its message to the alcoholic who still suffers.


249.
View TRADITION FIVE essay   ... alcoholic who still suffers."   12&12 Tradition Five, p.150  
"Each group has but one primary purpose -- to carry its message to the alcoholic who still suffers."


250.
View TRADITIONS LONG FORM   ... alcoholic who still suffers.   12&12 Tradition Five (Long), p.190  
Five -- Each Alcoholics Anonymous group ought to be a spiritual entity having but one primary purpose -- that of carrying its message to the alcoholic who still suffers.


251.
View TRADITION EIGHT essay   ... alcoholic who suffers could be based only ...   12&12 Tradition Eight, p.166  
Almost from the beginning, we have been positive that face-to-face work with the alcoholic who suffers could be based only on the desire to help and be helped.


252.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... alcoholic who wants to get over it, ...   BB There Is A Solution, p.20  
If you are an alcoholic who wants to get over it, you may already be asking -- "What do I have to do?"


253.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... alcoholic, whose hope is the maintenance and ...   BB How It Works, p.66  
But with the alcoholic, whose hope is the maintenance and growth of a spiritual experience, this business of resentment is infinitely grave.


254.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... alcoholic will abundantly confirm this.   BB There Is A Solution, p.23  
The experience of any alcoholic will abundantly confirm this.


255.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... alcoholic will find he has much in ...   BB The Family Afterward, p.131  
Being possessed of a spiritual experience, the alcoholic will find he has much in common with these people, though he may differ with them on many matters.


256.
View FOREWORD TO SECOND EDITION   ... alcoholic with another, was vital to permanent ...   BB Foreword to Second Edition, p.xvii  
It also indicated that strenuous work, one alcoholic with another, was vital to permanent recovery.


257.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... alcoholic, with hardly an exception, will be ...   BB More About Alcoholism, p.39  
But the actual or potential alcoholic, with hardly an exception, will be absolutely unable to stop drinking on the basis of self-knowledge.


258.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... alcoholic work.   BB To Wives, p.119  
We find it a real mistake to dampen his enthusiasm for alcoholic work.


259.
View FOREWORD TO FIRST EDITION   ... alcoholic work is an avocation.   BB Foreword to First Edition, p.xiii  
We would like it understood that our alcoholic work is an avocation.


260.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... alcoholic would save the day.   BB Bill's Story, p.15  
This sometimes nearly drove me back to drink, but I soon found that when all other measures failed, work with another alcoholic would save the day.


261.
View TRADITION SEVEN essay   ... alcoholic would shrug and say, "Oh, the ...   12&12 Tradition Seven, p.164  
Relieved of responsibility, every alcoholic would shrug and say, "Oh, the Foundation is wealthy -- why should I bother?"


262.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... alcoholic, you are a mighty sick man.   BB To Employers, p.147  
If you are an alcoholic, you are a mighty sick man.


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