blackeyedsuzy@yahoo.com wrote:

   >Has anyone here besides me counted the lies you were told in AA? I think that is what made me the angriest. Here is a list of mine, please add to list as I think it may be infinite.

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    I'm not sure about infinite, but limited to the number of times that those sponsoring others have opened their mouths. Well, that's pretty close to infinite...

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    >1. If you quit going to meetings you will get drunk. (took me almost ten years after leaving AA, to dare to have a glass of wine, that's after ten years active in AA)

>2. When you drink again you will be at the same place you left off. (I can not drink a whole glass of wine without feeling affected)

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    When I was a couple of months in AA, my sponsor quizzed me on this, and I gave that answer. He corrected me: "No, you will be worse - you will be where you would have been had you NEVER quit drinking. The disease progresses whether you drink or not."

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>3. Alcohol is cunning and baffling. (never found alcohol to have human characteristics)

>4. Drinking too much is a disease instead of a behavior. (Always >wondered why drinking was an illness but not cigarette smoking)

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    Because the Big Book says so. Cigarette smoking and using foul language are both bad habits, as documented in the Big Book. "True Alcoholics" have an incurable disease. "The Big Book says it, I believe it, that settles it."

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>5.If AA doesn't work for you it is because you are one of the less >fortunate who is incapable of being honest with yourself. (give me a >break, if that isn't shame based I don't know what is) >So what have I missed? >Suzy

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    There's lots more, but it's not what you missed - you saw enough to bring you here.

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