Alcoholics Anonymous

by Father Edward (Ed) Dowling

 The 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.

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.

Facutal gain and loss chart on uncontroller drinking.

Assets Liabilities
New Feeling of Maturity. Silly and Foolish.
Disappearence of Self-Consciousness.
Pleasure of Disregarding Conventions.
Pseudo Maturity, Pulling Boners,
Magnified Feelings of Friendships for "pals."
False Feeling of Superiority Grandeur.
Mental Elations—Good Parties.
Indifference to Feelings of Others.
Temporary Depression. 
Inferiority Reactions.
Temporary Elimination of Business and Family Worries.
Source of Companions of No Import
Self-Esteem in "Going on the Wagon."
Wishful Thinking!
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.


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.

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