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1.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... stop.  BB There Is A Solution, pp.22-23  
We are equally positive that once he takes any alcohol whatever into his system, something happens, both in the bodily and mental sense, which makes it virtually impossible for him to stop.


2.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... stop.  BB More About Alcoholism, p.33  
Certain drinkers, who would be greatly insulted if called alcoholics, are astonished at their inability to stop.


3.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... stop.  BB More About Alcoholism, p.34  
We are assuming, of course, that the reader desires to stop.


4.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... stop.  BB Working With Others, p.92  
Give him an account of the struggles you made to stop.


5.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... stop.  BB To Wives, p.109  
He is remorseful after serious drinking bouts and tells you he wants to stop.


6.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... stop."  BB To Wives, p.109  
As we say among ourselves, "He wants to want to stop."


7.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... stop.  BB To Wives, p.114  
Some men have been so impaired by alcohol that they cannot stop.


8.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... stop.  BB The Family Afterward, p.135  
He admitted he was overdoing these things, but frankly said that he was not ready to stop.


9.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... stop.  BB To Employers, p.141  
State that you know about his drinking, and that it must stop.


10.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... stop.  BB To Employers, p.148  
At the same time you will feel no reluctance to rid yourself of those who cannot or will not stop.


11.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... stop."  BB A Vision For You, p.157  
From what you tell me, I know more than ever I can't stop."


12.
View TRADITION NINE essay   ... stop.  12&12 Tradition Nine, p.175  
If nobody does the group's chores, if the area's telephone rings unanswered, if we do not reply to our mail, then A.A. as we know it would stop.


13.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... stop abruptly.  BB More About Alcoholism, p.31  
Try to drink and stop abruptly.


14.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... stop altogether.  BB More About Alcoholism, p.34  
For those who are unable to drink moderately the question is how to stop altogether.


15.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... stop altogether and found he could not.  BB More About Alcoholism, p.32  
Then, gathering all his forces, he attempted to stop altogether and found he could not.


16.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... stop altogether, and some will not.  BB To Wives, p.109  
Some will moderate or stop altogether, and some will not.


17.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... stop, and hardly one of them, because ...  BB More About Alcoholism, p.33  
We doubt if many of them can do it, because none will really want to stop, and hardly one of them, because of the peculiar mental twist already acquired, will find he can win out.


18.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... stop, and with them you can go ...  BB To Employers, p.141  
But there are many men who want to stop, and with them you can go far.


19.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... stop, as he did, on their own ...  BB More About Alcoholism, p.33  
Young people may be encouraged by this man's experience to think that they can stop, as he did, on their own will power.


20.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... stop but cannot.  BB There Is A Solution, p.25  
So many want to stop but cannot.


21.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... stop but cannot.  BB To Wives, p.110  
He may have come to the point where he desperately wants to stop but cannot.


22.
View THE DOCTOR'S OPINION   ... stop, but I cannot! You must help ...  BB The Doctor's Opinion, p.xxix  
Men have cried out to me in sincere and despairing appeal: "Doctor, I cannot go on like this! I have everything to live for! I must stop, but I cannot! You must help me!"


23.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... stop, but saw no way out, for ...  BB A Vision For You, p.155  
He had a desperate desire to stop, but saw no way out, for he had earnestly tried many avenues of escape.


24.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... stop crying out 'No, never!'"  12&12 Step Twelve, p.108  
We said to ourselves, "This I cannot do today, perhaps, but I can stop crying out 'No, never!'"


25.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... stop doubting the power of God.  BB We Agnostics, p.52  
When we saw others solve their problems by a simple reliance upon the Spirit of the Universe, we had to stop doubting the power of God.


26.
View FOREWORD TO FIRST EDITION   ... stop drinking.  BB Foreword to First Edition, p.xiv  
The only requirement for membership is an honest desire to stop drinking.


27.
View APPENDIX I, The A.A. Tradition   ... stop drinking.  BB Appendix I, The A.A. Tradition, p.562  
Three -- The only requirement for A.A. membership is a desire to stop drinking.


28.
View CONTENTS   ... stop drinking."  12&12 Contents (Tradition Three), p.10  
Tradition Three -- "The only requirement for A.A. membership is a desire to stop drinking."


29.
View TRADITION THREE essay   ... stop drinking."  12&12 Tradition Three, p.139  
"The only requirement for A.A. membership is a desire to stop drinking."


30.
View TRADITION THREE essay   ... stop drinking."  12&12 Tradition Three, p.144  
He read aloud, "The only requirement for A.A. membership is a desire to stop drinking."


31.
View PREAMBLE   ... stop drinking.  Grapevine Preamble  
The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking.


32.
View STEP SIX essay   ... stop drinking, and no human being could ...  12&12 Step Six, p.63  
I simply couldn't stop drinking, and no human being could seem to do the job for me.


33.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... stop drinking, don't waste time trying to ...  BB Working With Others, p.90  
If he does not want to stop drinking, don't waste time trying to persuade him.


34.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... stop drinking forever.  BB To Wives, p.116  
It may convince your husband he wants to stop drinking forever.


35.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... stop drinking forever?  BB To Employers, p.142  
Will he take every necessary step, submit to anything to get well, to stop drinking forever?


36.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... stop drinking, I think you ought to ...  BB To Employers, p.148  
But if you cannot or will not stop drinking, I think you ought to resign."


37.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... stop drinking is of absolutely no avail.  BB There Is A Solution, p.24  
At a certain point in the drinking of every alcoholic, he passes into a state where the most powerful desire to stop drinking is of absolutely no avail.


38.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... stop drinking on the basis of self-knowledge.  BB More About Alcoholism, p.39  
But the actual or potential alcoholic, with hardly an exception, will be absolutely unable to stop drinking on the basis of self-knowledge.


39.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... stop drinking or not?  BB To Employers, p.147  
Do you want to stop drinking or not?


40.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... stop drinking or not.  BB A Vision For You, p.158  
He proved to be a devil-may-care young fellow whose parents could not make out whether he wanted to stop drinking or not.


41.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... stop drinking so long as we place ...  BB Working With Others, p.98  
Some of us have taken very hard knocks to learn this truth: Job or no job -- wife or no wife -- we simply do not stop drinking so long as we place dependence upon other people ahead of dependence on God.


42.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... stop drinking, there must be no reservation ...  BB More About Alcoholism, p.33  
If we are planning to stop drinking, there must be no reservation of any kind, nor any lurking notion that someday we will be immune to alcohol.


43.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... stop drinking, who had no excuse for ...  BB More About Alcoholism, p.40  
The story he told is most instructive, for here was a chap absolutely convinced he had to stop drinking, who had no excuse for drinking, who exhibited splendid judgment and determination in all his other concerns, yet was flat on his back nevertheless.


44.
View STEP TWO essay   ... stop fighting and practice the rest of ...  12&12 Step Two, p.27  
To acquire it, I had only to stop fighting and practice the rest of A.A.'s program as enthusiastically as I could.


45.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... stop for a considerable period, you may ...  BB More About Alcoholism, p.34  
Though you may be able to stop for a considerable period, you may yet be a potential alcoholic.


46.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... stop for a long period because of ...  BB More About Alcoholism, p.32  
We have heard of a few instances where people, who showed definite signs of alcoholism, were able to stop for a long period because of an overpowering desire to do so.


47.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... stop for her sake."  BB There Is A Solution, p.20  
"She's such a sweet girl, I should think he'd stop for her sake."


48.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... stop, have a good talk with the ...  BB Working With Others, p.90  
If there is any indication that he wants to stop, have a good talk with the person most interested in him -- usually his wife.


49.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... stop, he may as well be discharged, ...  BB To Employers, p.141  
If you are sure your man does not want to stop, he may as well be discharged, the sooner the better.


50.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... stop, he should be afforded a real ...  BB To Employers, p.148  
If he wants to stop, he should be afforded a real chance.


51.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... stop, he should be discharged.  BB To Employers, p.148  
If he cannot or does not want to stop, he should be discharged.


52.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... stop his drinking and abuse if he ...  BB To Wives, p.108  
Especially when he has before him a way to stop his drinking and abuse if he really wants to pay the price.


53.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... stop his drinking for long.  BB A Vision For You, p.155  
When our friend related his experience, the man agreed that no amount of will power he might muster could stop his drinking for long.


54.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... stop if he wanted to."  BB There Is A Solution, p.20  
"He could stop if he wanted to."


55.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... stop if he will!  BB To Wives, p.116  
And now you know that he can stop if he will!


56.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... stop jay-walking for good, but in a ...  BB More About Alcoholism, p.38  
He tells you he has decided to stop jay-walking for good, but in a few weeks he breaks both legs.


57.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... stop making demands upon God to give ...  12&12 Step Eleven, p.104  
We discover that we do receive guidance for our lives to just about the extent that we stop making demands upon God to give it to us on order and on our terms.


58.
View STEP TEN essay   ... stop making unreasonable demands upon those we ...  12&12 Step Ten, p.93  
We can try to stop making unreasonable demands upon those we love.


59.
View TRADITION SEVEN essay   ... stop me.  12&12 Tradition Seven, p.162  
Lois really needed the money for groceries, but that didn't stop me.


60.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... stop or moderate.  BB To Wives, p.112  
Show him you have confidence in his power to stop or moderate.


61.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... stop or moderate.  BB To Wives, p.112  
If you act upon these principles, your husband may stop or moderate.


62.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... stop or moderate, although he may find ...  BB There Is A Solution, p.21  
If a sufficiently strong reason -- ill health, falling in love, change of environment, or the warning of a doctor -- becomes operative, this man can also stop or moderate, although he may find it difficult and troublesome and may even need medical attention.


63.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... stop or moderate, because their brains and ...  BB More About Alcoholism, p.39  
That may be true of certain nonalcoholic people who, though drinking foolishly and heavily at the present time, are able to stop or moderate, because their brains and bodies have not been damaged as ours were.


64.
View STEP TWO essay   ... stop that.  12&12 Step Two, p.31  
Then we became drunkards, and asked God to stop that.


65.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... stop this waste and give your worthwhile ...  BB To Employers, p.148  
We think we are sensible when we urge that you stop this waste and give your worthwhile man a chance.


66.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... stop was explained.  BB Bill's Story, p.7  
My incredible behavior in the face of a desperate desire to stop was explained.


67.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... stop while there is yet time.  BB More About Alcoholism, p.32  
But the difficulty is that few alcoholics have enough desire to stop while there is yet time.


68.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... stop with the sixth drink."  BB There Is A Solution, p.24  
Only to have that thought supplanted by "Well, I'll stop with the sixth drink."


69.
View TRADITION NINE essay   ... stop working on a chronic backslider, only ...  12&12 Tradition Nine, p.173  
Committees have instructed many an A.A. to stop working on a chronic backslider, only to be told: "How I do my Twelfth Step work is my business.


70.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... stop, you can go to him with ...  BB To Wives, p.113  
Being certain he wants to stop, you can go to him with this volume as joyfully as though you had struck oil.


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