St. 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.
|New Feeling of Maturity.||Silly and Foolish.|
|Disappearence of Self-Consciousness.
Pleasure of Disregarding Conventions.
|Pseudo Maturity, Pulling Boners,
PENALTY OF INDISCRETIONS.
|Magnified Feelings of Friendships for "pals."
False Feeling of Superiority Grandeur.
Mental Elations—Good Parties.
|Indifference to Feelings of Others.
|Temporary Elimination of Business and Family Worries.
Source of Companions of No Import
Self-Esteem in "Going on the Wagon."
|Loss 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. Increasing Resentments.|
Compensations of Feeling of Inferiority.
Temporary Physical and Mental Well-Being.
False Courage Relating to Social, Sex and Business Life.
|Sapped 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.|
|Satisfying Flight from Reality.||Jails—Hospitals—Continuous Barrowing or Pan-handling—Mooching—Fear of Insanity. Fear of being Sober Enough to See Depleted Self in True Light. CHRONIC Insomnia—HORROR—DREAMS. ALCOHOLIC ILLNESS—BITTERNESS—MELANCHOLY|
|Satisfying a Craving and Addiction.||Loss of Zest for Life—Chronic Illness. Contemplated Suicide. Accentuation of Insanity Characteristics.
WET BRAIN. INSTITUTIONS. DEATH!!!