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Published February 2012.

Web Exclusive: Six Axioms of Alcoholic Thinking

A member gives us a rundown in plain English

Dr. Silkworth wrote that the alcoholic becomes restless, irritable, and discontent when all he is doing is not drinking. The Big Book describes us as egocentric, egotistical, self seeking, and self-will run riot even though we don't like to admit it. These observations were documented around 1939. In 1944, Dr. Tiebout added his comments, writing that the alcoholic, as a class of people, is narcissistic, has an egocentric core, feelings of omnipotence, is intent on maintaining at all costs its inner core; that alcoholics are defiantly individualistic, display grandiosity, insist on being the master of their own destiny, and will fight to the end to preserve that position.

I began to observe those tendencies in myself soon after taking the 12 Steps of AA, but still didn't like to admit it. When I am not spiritually fit, I tend to follow the Six Axioms of Alcoholic Thinking. They are:

-- George T.

New Bern, North Carolina

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