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    We often tell newcomers (correctly, I think), that the urge to drink usually gets less over time, and our disease becomes easier to bear. One would think that, eventually, the disease would fall into line with other routine responsibilities that require moderate vigilance, like avoiding a hot stove or driving safely. Many people do those things their whole lives without being overly fearful of failing.

    On the other hand, we sometimes admonish people that, no matter how much sober time they accumulate, they just may not have “hit their real bottom yet”, and without constant vigilance, they might take their next drink “with no effective defense”, as the Big Book says.

    Is this expressed correctly? Is there any tension between these views, and why or why not?

    To put this in context, I have 18 months.

    Thanks for your opinions.

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