follow article was taken from
The Queen's Work Magazine
Dated: June 1945, page 13
Father Dowling had his own cloumn in this magazine.
Here is a copy
of the original sent to me by Bryan P.
Father Edward (Ed) Dowling
Ignatius in his rules for making a good decision recommends
"Reckoning up, how many advantages and utilities
follow for me . . . and, concider likewise, on the contrary,
the disadvantages and dangers" that would come from
making a certain decision.
One of the groups
of the Alcoholics Anonymous has a chart made by a women
alcoholic, which chart conforms fairly well to the suggestions
that St. Ignatius makes. While it ignors the specifically
spiritual motivation, this spiritual motivation was the
basis for this self-evaluation.
The Alcoholics Anonymous
are much more successfull with people over forty than
they are with people under thirty. They find very few
high-bottom alcoholics. A high-bottom alcoholic is one
who can see the bottom before he hits it. A low-bottom
person is one who has to splash on the bottom before he
is convinced that it exists.
On this page we give
an analysis by a women alcoholic who has completed ten
years of complete abstinence. The analysis was made before
she stopped drinking. It is hoped that some alcoholic
novices may use her experience and become high-bottom.
GAIN and LOSS CHART
ON UNCONTROLLED DRINKING
Feeling of Maturity.
Pleasure of Disregarding Conventions.
Maturity, Pulling Boners,
PENALTY OF INDISCRETIONS.
Feelings of Friendships for "pals."
False Feeling of Superiority Grandeur.
Mental Elations—Good Parties.
to Feelings of Others.
Elimination of Business and Family Worries.
Source of Companions of No Import
Self-Esteem in "Going on the Wagon."
of Real Friends. Disruption of Family Affections.
Divorce? Boss Hatred—Auto Accidents. Serious
Trouble; Loss of Self-Respect. Debts—Disregard
of Honesty. Fear of Society, other than Drunks.
of Feeling of Inferiority.
Temporary Physical and Mental Well-Being.
Courage Relating to Social, Sex and Business
Vitality—Worry about Health. Loss of Memory—Gradual
or Serious. Business Losses (Timed out?) (Fired?).Worry,
Relative to Reputation and Dependency, and Size
of Liquor Bills. Disintegration of Central Nervous
System. Fear of Wasted Life. DISSIPATED APPEARANCE.
Flight from Reality.
Barrowing or Pan-handling—Mooching—Fear
of Insanity. Fear of being Sober Enough to See
Depleted Self in True Light. CHRONIC Insomnia—HORROR—DREAMS.
a Craving and Addiction.
of Zest for Life—Chronic Illness. Contemplated
Suicide. Accentuation of Insanity Characteristics.
WET BRAIN. INSTITUTIONS. DEATH!!!
Humiliation leading to humility leading to
God's promised help to the humble has prosperd
the grouth of the Alcoholics Anonymous (Post
office box 459, Grand Central Annex, New York
17) Their most recent report shows that they
have 19,000 members in 535 centers in every
state of the Union and Canada, Honolulu, Australia,
Mexico and Brazil. Archbishop Cushing of Boston
recently spoke to the A.A.'s of Dorchester,
Massachusetts, on their first anniversary.
Archbishop Murry of St. Paul has addressed
them many times.