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Incomprehensible Demoralization

An absolute definition of the word “bottom” for an alcoholic is not possible unless it is kept so simple it would lose meaning. The reason for this is that it moves. It’s different from one drunk to the next. By my estimation of the definition, I thought I had a pretty high bottom but then I heard a guy describe drinking five or six beers as “alcoholic”. That was breakfast, so maybe I was a little farther down the scale than I thought.

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