Controlled Drinking - Recovered 835


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"Despite all we can say, many who are real alcoholics are not going to believe they are in that class. By every form of self-deception and experimentation, they will try to prove themselves exceptions to the rule, therefore nonalcoholic. If anyone who is showing inability to control his drinking can do the right- about-face and drink like a gentleman, our hats are off to him. Heaven knows, we have tried hard enough and long enough to drink like other people!

Here are some of the methods we have tried: 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, switching from scotch to brandy, drinking only natural wines, agreeing to resign if ever drunk on the job, taking a trip, not taking a trip, swearing off forever (with and without a solemn oath), taking more physical exercise, reading inspirational books, going to health farms and sanitariums, accepting voluntary commitment to asylums - we could increase the list ad infinitum.

We do not like to pronounce any individual as alcoholic, but you can quickly diagnose yourself. Step over to the nearest barroom and try some controlled drinking. Try to drink and stop abruptly. Try it more than once. It will not take long for you to decide, if you are honest with yourself about it. It may be worth a bad case of jitters if you get a full knowledge of your condition."

What is controlled drinking?
Have you ever tried controlled drinking?
Do you think you ever had the ability to control your drinking?

What are the different classes of problem drinkers described in the book?
Moderate drinkers have little trouble in giving up liquor entirely if they have good reason for it. They can take it or leave it alone.
certain type of hard drinker. He may have the habit badly enough to gradually impair him physically and mentally. this man can also stop or moderate, although he may find it difficult and troublesome
The type that begins to lose all control of his liquor consumption, once he starts to drink. one symptom: they cannot start drinking without developing the phenomenon of craving.

What class is the book intended for?
Why do you think the book suggests to try some controlled drinking

If you can control your drinking, is AA for you?
What is the only requirement for membership?
Is there a disconnect here?

Have you ever recommended someone control their drinking?
What were the results?

If you could drink safely now, would you?

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