There Is A Solution, Page 23


stop. 23:1The experience of any alcoholic will abundantly confirm that.

2These observations would be academic and pointless if our friend never took the first drink thereby setting the terrible cycle in motion. 3Therefore, the main prob­lem of the alcoholic centers in his mind, rather than in his body. 4If you ask him why he started on that last bender, the chances are he will offer you any one of a hundred alibis. 5Sometimes these excuses have a certain plausibility, but none of them really make sense in the light of the havoc an alcoholic's drinking bout creates. 6They sound like the philosophy of the man who, having a headache, beat himself on the head with a hammer so that he couldn't feel the ache. 7If you draw this fallacious reasoning to the attention of an alcoholic, he will laugh it off, or become irritated and refuse to talk.

8Once in a while he may tell the truth. 9And the truth, strange to say, is usually that he has no more idea why he took that first drink than you have. 10Some drinkers have excuses with which they are satisfied part of the time. 11But in their hearts they really do not know why they do it. 12Once this malady has a real hold, they are a baffled lot. 13There is the obsession that somehow, some day, they will beat the game. 14But they often suspect they are down for the count.

15How true this is, few realize. 16In a vague way their families and friends sense that these drinkers are ab­normal, but everybody hopefully waits the day when the sufferer will rouse himself from his lethargy and as­sert his power of will.

17The tragic truth is that if the man be a real alcoholic, the happy day will seldom arrive. 18He has lost