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Confronting a 'Respectable' Disease

Many of these items are contrary to AA philosophy. Their publication here does not mean that the Grapevine endorses or approves them; they are offered solely for your information.

Stigma. The word caroms back from each alcoholic--from priests, from executives, from housewives, from assembly-line workers.

The root of that stigma is the moralizing of a drinking society that says: "We control our drinking, why can't you? If you really wanted to stop, you could." This from a society where the success of a soiree is estimated by the sum of "the dead soldiers."

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