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1.
View THE DOCTOR'S OPINION   ... control.   BB The Doctor's Opinion, p.xxix  
I do not hold with those who believe that alcoholism is entirely a problem of mental control.


2.
View THE DOCTOR'S OPINION   ... control.   BB The Doctor's Opinion, p.xxx  
These men were not drinking to escape; they were drinking to overcome a craving beyond their mental control.


3.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... control.   BB There Is A Solution, p.21  
Here is the fellow who has been puzzling you, especially in his lack of control.


4.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... control.   BB There Is A Solution, pp.23-24  
He has lost control.


5.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... control.   BB There Is A Solution, p.26  
He wished above all things to regain self-control.


6.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... control.   BB More About Alcoholism, p.30  
We know that no real alcoholic ever recovers control.


7.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... control.   BB To Wives, p.117  
Often you must carry the burden of avoiding them or keeping them under control.


8.
View STEP TEN essay   ... control.   12&12 Step Ten, p.91  
Disagreeable or unexpected problems are not the only ones that call for self-control.


9.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... control, and continue to fail, our suffering ...   12&12 Step Four, p.53  
As we redouble our efforts at control, and continue to fail, our suffering becomes acute and constant.


10.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... control and enjoy his drinking is the ...   BB More About Alcoholism, p.30  
The idea that somehow, someday he will control and enjoy his drinking is the great obsession of every abnormal drinker.


11.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... control, but such intervals -- usually brief -- were ...   BB More About Alcoholism, p.30  
All of us felt at times that we were regaining control, but such intervals -- usually brief -- were inevitably followed by still less control, which led in time to pitiful and incomprehensible demoralization.


12.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... control, for he is unable to stay ...   BB To Wives, p.109  
Two: Your husband is showing lack of control, for he is unable to stay on the water wagon even when he wants to.


13.
View THE DOCTOR'S OPINION   ... control his desire for alcohol, the only ...   BB The Doctor's Opinion, p.xxix  
On the other hand -- and strange as this may seem to those who do not understand -- once a psychic change has occurred, the very same person who seemed doomed, who had so many problems he despaired of ever solving them, suddenly finds himself easily able to control his desire for alcohol, the only effort necessary being that required to follow a few simple rules.


14.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... control his drinking can do the right-about-face ...   BB More About Alcoholism, p.31  
If anyone who is showing inability to control his drinking can do the right-about-face and drink like a gentleman, our hats are off to him.


15.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... control his drinking, tell him that possibly ...   BB Working With Others, p.92  
If he sticks to the idea that he can still control his drinking, tell him that possibly he can -- if he is not too alcoholic.


16.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... control of his liquor consumption, once he ...   BB There Is A Solution, p.21  
He may start off as a moderate drinker; he may or may not become a continuous hard drinker; but at some stage of his drinking career he begins to lose all control of his liquor consumption, once he starts to drink.


17.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... control of his liquor situation, he went ...   BB A Vision For You, p.155  
Some time later, and just as he thought he was getting control of his liquor situation, he went on a roaring bender.


18.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... control our drinking.   BB More About Alcoholism, p.30  
We alcoholics are men and women who have lost the ability to control our drinking.


19.
View THE DOCTOR'S OPINION   ... control our drinking just because we were ...   BB The Doctor's Opinion, p.xxvi  
It did not satisfy us to be told that we could not control our drinking just because we were maladjusted to life, that we were in full flight from reality, or were outright mental defectives.


20.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... control our emotional natures, we were a ...   BB We Agnostics, p.52  
We were having trouble with personal relationships, we couldn't control our emotional natures, we were a prey to misery and depression, we couldn't make a living, we had a feeling of uselessness, we were full of fear, we were unhappy, we couldn't seem to be of real help to other people -- was not a basic solution of these bedevilments more important than whether we should see newsreels of lunar flight?


21.
View STEP THREE essay   ... control our inner lives and guarantee us ...   12&12 Step Three, p.37  
We are certain that our intelligence, backed by willpower, can rightly control our inner lives and guarantee us success in the world we live in.


22.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... control over the amount you take, you ...   BB We Agnostics, p.44  
If, when you honestly want to, you find you cannot quit entirely, or if when drinking, you have little control over the amount you take, you are probably alcoholic.


23.
View STEP ONE essay   ... control, that our drinking even then was ...   12&12 Step One, p.23  
By going back in our own drinking histories, we could show that years before we realized it we were out of control, that our drinking even then was no mere habit, that it was indeed the beginning of a fatal progression.


24.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... control the situation, and there were periods ...   BB Bill's Story, p.5  
Nevertheless, I still thought I could control the situation, and there were periods of sobriety which renewed my wife's hope.


25.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... control whatever.   BB More About Alcoholism, p.32  
Once he started, he had no control whatever.


26.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... control whatever over alcohol.   BB There Is A Solution, p.26  
Yet he had no control whatever over alcohol.


27.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... control, which led in time to pitiful ...   BB More About Alcoholism, p.30  
All of us felt at times that we were regaining control, but such intervals -- usually brief -- were inevitably followed by still less control, which led in time to pitiful and incomprehensible demoralization.


28.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... control would enable us to do it.   BB A Vision For You, p.151  
There was an insistent yearning to enjoy life as we once did and a heartbreaking obsession that some new miracle of control would enable us to do it.


29.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... control your drinking.   BB To Employers, p.139  
Whenever you want to, you control your drinking.


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