Chairperson Qualifies

I cannot "drink like other people."

I'm okay as long as I don't have that first drink.

I know what it would take for me to want to have that first drink.

If I let negative emotions overwhelm me, I will want the oblivion that alcohol can bring.

I understand that negative emotions are born of negative thoughts and negative thoughts are born of my defects of character. Self-pity. Fear. False pride. Lust.

The twelve steps are designed to manage defects of character.

If I use the twelve steps to manage my defects of character, I have fewer negative thoughts, fewer negative emotions. I have fewer reason to want the oblivion that alcohol can bring.