Alcoholics Anonymous, The Doctor’s Opinion

June 21, 2013

Alcoholics Anonymous, The Doctor’s Opinion
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The first and second edition book “Alcoholics Anonymous” is
in public domain in the United States. The Big Book has
served as a lifeline to millions worldwide. First published in
1939.

“The Little Doctor Who Loved Drunks”

A letter from Dr. Silkworth to Alcoholics Anonymous in 1939

Dr. Silkworth defines alcoholism –

“Of course an alcoholic ought to be freed from his physical craving
for liquor” – Big book XXVII

“We believe, and so suggested a few years ago, that the action of alcohol on these chronic alcoholics is a manifestation of an allergy; that the phenomenon of craving is limited to this class and never occurs in the average temperate drinker.” – Big book XXVIII

(NEVER means not one time!)