“Restore Us to Sanity”, p. 141
Few indeed are the practicing alcoholics who have any idea how
irrational they are, or, seeing their irrationality, can bear to face it.
For example, some will be willing to term themselves “problem
drinkers,” but cannot endure the suggestion that they are in fact
They are abetted in this blindness by a world which does not
understand the difference between sane drinking and alcoholism.
“Sanity” is defined as “soundness of mind.” Yet no alcoholic, soberly
analyzing his destructive behavior, whether the destruction fell on
the dining-room furniture or his own moral fiber, can claim
“soundness of mind” for himself.
12 & 12, pp. 32-33
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