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May 1957

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"INTOXICATION WITH ABSTINENCE is Found in Research on Alcohol and Narcotics," read a headline in the New York Times of Sunday, February 24th. The article, reporting on a meeting of the American Psychopathological Association, described a non-alcoholic drunk as "a person intoxicated with his own abstinence. . .almost obsessed with his changed existence." Dr. Arthur Lee Kinsolving, Rector of St. James Episcopal Church in New York City, read parts of the article as the opening gambit in his annual talk at the anniversary of the AA group which meets in his church. Dr. Kinsolving said that as a result of this "scientific research" he was forced to conclude that he too was "one of us," since he was very definitely obsessed with sobriety and with the changed existence he had come to know so well through his (once-removed) association with AA.

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