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Old 06-06-2006, 07:21 PM   #1
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AA & Big Book Definitions, Slang Terms


Big Book Definitions:

anger: a strong feeling of displeasure or antagonism.
alcohol: A depressive drug. A sedative.
allergy: an abnormal reaction to food or chemical substance.
agnostic: a person who believes that nothing can be known about God.
atheist: a person who believes God does not exist.
believe: to suspect that something is true, or accept that possibility.
craving: an overpowering desire.
decision: to “cut into” or “cut in two.” To gather facts and select which are going to be acted upon.
defect: imperfection, shortcoming.
disease: (dis-ease) a condition that separates a person from normal health patterns.
dishonesty: willful perversion of truth in order to deceive.
envy: painful or resentful awareness of an advantage enjoyed by another.
exact: accurate, precise, methodical.
fault: something done wrongly; an error or mistake.
faith: confidence, sureness, credulity, reliance, trust.
fear: an unpleasant emotion brought on by negative anticipation. Guilt stems from fear of the past, dread from fear of the future.
frightened: a temporary or continual state of fear.
greed: excessive desire to acquire certain things.
honest: truthfulness. Fair and just - not cheating or stealing.
inconsiderate: without thought or consideration of others.
insanity:Big Book - the peculiar mental state alcoholics get into before the first drink.
inventory: a written list
life (lives): an individual’s actions.
lust: excessive desire or seeming need (usually sex).
manifestation: the “display” or evidence of something else.
mistake: error, fault, inaccuracy.
moral: truth, inner meaning, scrupulous.
nature: essential qualities or components.
obsession: to fill the mind continually. To preoccupy or haunt to the exclusion of contrary ideas.
phenomenon: some unique event that we may see but may not understand.
powerless (over alcohol):
Big Book - cannot drink as the result of an allergy manifested by craving, and cannot stop (or stay stopped) as the result of a mental obsession.
pride: excessive and unjustified opinion of oneself; too high (self-love) or too low (self-hate).
resentment: from the preface “re” (repeating or over and over,) and “sentire,” (to feel). Indignant or bitter feelings.
sanity: from “sanitas” (whole)
selfish: deficient in the consideration for others.
self-centered: preoccupied with ones’ own personality or affairs.
self-seeking: excessive caring about one’s own welfare before that of others.
shortcoming: failure to come up to a standard.
sloth: having no inclination to act or put forth effort.
will: thinking. The faculty by which a person decides.
will power: control exercised over impulse; self-control.
willing: cheerful intention; gladly ready (to act).
wrong: acting, judging, or believing incorrectly.
vital: necessary (for life), indispensable.

alcohol: spirituous or intoxicating element in fermented liquors. Pure or rectified spirits of wine.
spirit: the soul, courage, vivacity, alcohol.

AFGO - A f--king growth opportunity
Big Book Thumper - A regular who knows the Big Book inside and out
Boxed - A person thrown out of the house with their boxed up belongings
Camel Chip - A chip signifying a person with long-term sobriety
Chip - AA chip marking certain amount of continuous sobriety i.e. 30 days
Cleaning House - Getting your life in order
Clean Side Of Street - Getting your life in order
Double Dip - Speaking twice at the same AA meeting
Dry Drunk - A non-drinking alcoholic who does not follow the program
Elevator - How low one goes before getting into recovery
Going Out - An alcoholic who goes back out to drink again
Heavy Metal - A 1-year chip
Newcomer - An alcoholic who has less than 30 days of continuous sobriety
Normie - A term used by alcoholics to describe "normal" people
Nudge From The Judge - Court ordered to go to AA
Pink Cloud - A warm fuzzy feeling that "newcomers" feel in early recovery
Playground - People with whom we socialized before recovery
Relapse - An alcoholic who goes back out and takes another drink
Retread - An alcoholic who has relapsed and returned to the program
Running and Gunning - Active drinking
Tape - Remembering the truth to prevent relapse
Three Hots and a Cot - Jail term for three mails and a bed
13th Step - Dating someone in the program
Wet Drunk - A practicing alcoholic
Whiner Chip - Chip representing 18 months sobriety
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Old 06-06-2006, 07:22 PM   #2
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Synonyms for "DRUNK"

befuddled 1. to confuse, as with glib statements or arguments.
2. to make muddled or stupidly drunk.
bent 1. curved; crooked: a bent back.
2. determined; set; resolved: bent on succeeding.
3. Chiefly Brit. a. corrupt.
besotted 1. to stupefy with drink.
2. to make stupid or foolish, esp. with infatuation.
blacked-out 1. a. To lose consciousness or memory temporarily: blacked out at the podium.
blasted 1. blighted; ruined.
2. damned; confounded.
3. Slang. drunk.
blind 3. not characterized or determined by reason or control:
blind chance. 4. not based on reason or intelligence; absolute and unquestioning: blind faith.
5. lacking all consciousness or awareness: a blind stupor.
6. drunk.
blitzed 6. to attack, defeat, or destroy with or as if with a blitz.
blotto Slang 1. very drunk.
boiled-as-an-owl Slang 1. drunk.
bombed Slang 1. completely intoxicated or drugged; stoned.
buttered (?)
canned 4. Slang. drunk.
clobbered 1. to batter severely; strike heavily.
2. to defeat decisively; drub; trounce.
3. to denounce or criticize vigorously.
cockeyed 2. Slang.
a. .off center; tilted or slanted to one side
b. foolish; absurd.
c. intoxicated; drunk.
crapulous drunk
crocked Slang 1. drunk.
cut 50. Slang. drunk.
destroyed 1. to reduce (a thing) to useless fragments or a useless form, as by smashing or burning; injure beyond repair; demolish
2. to put an end to; extinguish.
3. to kill; slay.
4. to render ineffective or useless; neutralize; invalidate.
5. to defeat completely.
dipso Slang 1. a dipsomaniac; habitual drunk.
drunk 1. being in a temporary state in which one's physical and mental faculties are impaired by an excess of alcoholic drink; intoxicated.
2. overcome or dominated by a strong feeling or emotion: drunk with passion.
3. pertaining to or caused by intoxication or intoxicated persons.
drunk-as-a-lord (?)
euphoric 1. a strong feeling of happiness, confidence, or well-being, feeling-no-pain, flying
11. without being fastened to a yard, stay, or the like: a sail set flying.
fried 2. Slang.a. drunk; inebriated. b. intoxicated from drugs; high.
giddy 1. affected with vertigo; dizzy.
2. attended with or causing dizziness: a giddy climb.
3. frivolous and lighthearted; impulsive; flighty.
groggy 1. staggering, as from exhaustion or blows.
2. dazed and weakened, as from lack of sleep.
3. Archaic. drunk; intoxicated.
hammered 2. To beat into a shape with or as if with a hammer: hammered out the dents in the fender; hammered out a contract acceptable to both sides.
3. To put together, fasten, or seal, particularly with nails, by hammering.
4. To force upon by constant repetition: hammered the information into the students' heads.
v. intr. 1. To deal repeated blows with or as if with a hammer; pummel: " Wind hammered at us violently in gusts " Thor Heyerdahl
2. To undergo beating in the manner of a hammer: My pulse hammered.(?)
high 14. intoxicated or euphoric under the influence of alcohol or narcotics.
hung-one-on 44. Slang. a. to become extremely drunk.
inebriated 1. to make drunk; intoxicate.
2. to exhilarate, confuse, or stupefy mentally or emotionally.
in-one's-cups 19. <in one's cups intoxicated; drunk.
intoxicated 1. to affect temporarily with diminished physical and mental control by means of alcoholic liquor, a drug, or another substance, esp. to excite or stupefy with liquor.
2. to make enthusiastic; elate strongly; exhilarate.
3. Pathol. to poison.
juiced Slang 1. intoxicated; drunk.
legless Australian slang for intoxicated, drunk. (Thank you, Marcus)
liquored-up 5. Informal. to furnish or ply with liquor to drink
6. Informal. to drink large quantities of liquor
loaded 3. (of a word, statement, or argument) charged with emotions or associations that prevent rational or unprejudiced communication.
4. Slang.a. having a great deal of money; rich b. under the influence of alcohol or drugs; intoxicated.
looped 2. Slang.a. drunk; inebriated. b. eccentric; loopy.
mellow 5. pleasantly intoxicated.
obliterated 1. to remove or destroy all traces of.
2. to blot out or render indecipherable; efface.
obliviated 1. the state of being completely forgotten.
2. the state of forgetting or of being oblivious: the oblivion of sleep. out-of-it, passed-out, <pass out to faint.
pickled 2. Slang. drunk; intoxicated.
pie-eyed Slang. drunk; intoxicated.
pissed Slang (vulgar); 1.angry or annoyed; 2.drunk; intoxicated.
plastered Slang. 1. drunk
plowed 14. < plow under.
a. to bury under soil by plowing.
b. to force out of existence; overwhelm. Also, esp. ;Brit. <plough.
plotzed Slang 1. drunk; intoxicated. 2. exhausted; worn-out.
polluted 1. made unclean or impure; contaminated; tainted.
2. Slang. drunk.
pot-valiant 1. brave only as a result of being drunk.
ripped Slang 1. drunk; intoxicated.2. under the influence of an illicit drug.
roaring 7. very: roaring drunk.
sauced Slang 1. intoxicated; drunk.
shickered 1. Chiefly Australian Slang. intoxicated; drunk.
[1910-15; < Yiddish shiker (< Heb shikkor drunk, a drunkard) + - ED 2]
sh!+-faced Obscene 1. Intoxicated; drunk.
slopped-up 2. to spill liquid upon.
3. to feed slop to (pigs or other livestock).
6. to walk or go through mud, slush, or water.
7. to be unduly effusive; gush (usu. fol. by over).
sloshed 1. Slang. drunk.
smashed 1. Slang. drunk.
snockered (?)
sodden 3. bloated, as the face.
4. torpid or listless.
soused Slang 1 drunk; intoxicated.
sozzled Slang 1. drunk; inebriated.
spaced spaced'-out' adj. Slang
1. dazed or stupefied by narcotic drugs.
2. dreamily or eerily out of touch with reality; disoriented, forgetful, or dazed.
stewed 1. Slang. intoxicated; drunk.
stiff 18. Slang. a. a dead body; corpse.b. a formal or priggish person.c. a poor tipper; tightwad.d. a drunk.
stinking 1. foul-smelling.
2. Slang. very drunk; plastered.
3. contemptible; disgusting.
stinko Slang.1. drunk.2. wretched.
stoned 1. drunk.
2. intoxicated or dazed from drugs; high.
tanked Slang 1. Often, <tanked' up'. drunk.
tied-one-on 28. < tie one on Slang. to get drunk.
three-sheets-to-the-wind or three sheets in the wind Informal 1. Intoxicated; drunk. [Middle English shete from Old English sc&para;at(line) sheet (line) from sc&para;ata corner of a sail;
tight 11. Slang. drunk; tipsy.
tipsy 1. slightly intoxicated.
2. caused by intoxication: a tipsy lurch.
3. unsteady; tippy.
toasted 2. a person, event, etc., honored with raised glasses before dinking.
3. an act or instance of thus drinking: to drink a toast to the queen.
tweaked 1. to pinch and pull with a jerk and twist: to tweak someone's ear.
2. to pull or pinch the nose of, esp. gently.
twisted 10. to cause to become mentally or emotionally distorted;
under-the-influence 1. Intoxicated, especially with alcohol.
under-the-table 2. Into a completely intoxicated state: drank themselves under the table.
under-the-weather 13. <under the weather.
a. not feeling well; somewhat ill.
b. drunk.
wasted 1. useless; unavailing: wasted efforts.
2. physically debilitated; enfeebled: the wasted bodies of the hostages.
3. Slang. overcome by the influence of alcohol or drugs.
wiped-out Slang. 1. completely exhausted.2. intoxicated; high.
woozy 1. stupidly confused; muddled.
2. physically unsettled, as with dizziness, faintness, or slight nausea.
3. drunken.
wrecked 4. a person of ruined health; someone in bad shape physically or mentally.
zoned 15. <zone out Slang. to become inattentive or dazed.
zonked 1. stupefied from or as if from alcohol or drugs; high.
2. exhausted or asleep.
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Old 06-15-2006, 08:59 AM   #3
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No one person or group speaks for the Fellowship of Alcoholics
Anonymous. We, who have been here longer than you have been confused with
the "LANGUAGE" we heard spoken at our first AA meetings and were scared to
ask what different terms and saying meant. With this in mind, and again,
with the understanding that NO one person or group represents or speaks for
the Fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous, here is a incomplete list of terms
and expressions and there most common accepted meaning of them to assist you
on your journey in recovery:
AA: Alcoholics Anonymous
ACCEPTANCE: the fact of receiving gladly, taking willingly
ALCOHOLIC: a person who honestly wants to quit drinking and can't quite
entirely or when drinking has little control over how much he or she drinks
ALLERGY: an abnormal reaction to a food or chemical substance
ALTRUISTIC: concern for the welfare of others as opposed to egoism or
AMENDS: the correction of injuries or mistakes
ANONYMOUS: giving no name, marked by lack of individuality or personality
APOLOGY: an admission of error or discourtesy accompanied by an expression
of regret
BIG BOOK: the basic written material of AA, it's text book written by
recovering alcoholics sharing how they got sober and stayed sober
BIG BOOK STUDY: a group of recovering alcoholics studying the book,
Alcoholic Anonymous
CLOSED MEETINGS: meetings that are not open to the public but only to
alcoholics and those with a desire to quit drinking
COCKSURENESS: overconfidence
CRAVING: an abnormal desire; a great desire or longing
DEFECTS OF CHARACTER: deficiencies, faults, flaws of character, same as
DRY: the state of not being drunk or high but not experiencing the feeling
of peace of mind & heart that you and the world are OK
EARTH PEOPLE: non-alcoholics
EGO: self-esteem
EGO-CENTRIC: thinking or acting with the view that one's self is the center
FAITH: firm belief in something for which there is no proof, complete
confidence, trust
FELLOWSHIP: a group of people with the same interests or experiences
FIRST STEP MEETING: a meeting devoted to the First Step of recovery, usually
conducted when a person comes to a meeting for his or her first time
FOREBODING: a dark sense of impending evil; an evil omen
FOURTH DIMENSION: something outside ordinary experience
GOD: a divine power as each person understands and accepts or not accepts.
Nothing to do with religious teachings or practice
GROUP: basic unit of the Fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous
GUEST: a non-member attending an AA meeting
HIGHER POWER: a power which is greater than yourself such as an AA group;
God as you understand God is sometimes called HP
HIT BOTTOM: a point in the life of an alcoholic when he or she has
deteriorated to the point where they are willing to give up and ask for help
HOME GROUP: a group in which a individual feels most comfortable and starts
to participate in its functions and votes on matters affecting that group
and AA
HONEST: free from fraud or deception
HUMBLE: not proud, arrogant, or assertive
ILLUSION: something that misleads or deceives
INSANITY: taking a drink knowing it may kill you
INSIDIOUS: harmful but enticing, treacherous, seductive
MEDITATION: serious contemplation or reflection, listening for directions
MENTAL TWIST: unexplainable thinking
NATURE: the basis or essential characteristics of something
NEWCOMER: a person who has had a drink within a year
NO GRADUATION: no recovery from the disease of alcoholism, thus the term
means we must stay in recovery, one day at a time, for the rest of our
lives, school is forever
OBSESSION: a compulsive, often unreasonable idea or feeling
OPEN MEETINGS: AA meetings in which any one is welcome to attend
PASS THE BASKET: we are self-supporting so we collect money from people
present in the meeting, if they wish to donate, to pay our expenses; rent,
coffee, books, etc.
PHENOMENON: something known by the senses but not understood by the mind
PRAYER: any act or communication with God
PROGRAM: plan of action taken toward a goal
PROGRAM OF RECOVERY: explained in the book Alcoholics Anonymous which is how
most members of AA got and stay sober; asking His protection and care with
compete abandon
RECOVERY: learning to live a meaningful and comfortable life with out the
need of alcohol, coping with life without alcohol
RELAPSE: a return to a former condition after a change for the better
RESENTMENT: ill will felt because of a real or imagined wrong
SANITY: not taking the first drink
SIXTH SENSE: a power of perception like but not one of the five senses, a
keen intuitive power
SLIP: taking a drink after a period of abstinence, relapse means the same
SLOGANS: brief statements of AA philosophy
SPIRITUAL AWAKENING: a huge emotional displacement and rearrangement of
ideas, emotions, and attitudes, a personality change which occurs slowly,
gradually over time
SPIRITUAL EXPERIENCE: a huge emotional displacement and rearrangement of
ideas, emotions, and attitudes, a personality change which occurs suddenly,
quickly, sudden awareness of a higher power or God
SPONSOR: an alcoholic who has made some progress in the recovery program
sharing that experience on a continuous, individual basis with another
alcoholic who is attempting to attain or maintain sobriety through AA
STINKING THINKING: thoughts leading to a drink
THE STEPS: Twelve Steps that summarize the program of recovery
UNMANAGEABLE: having trouble with personal relationships, unable to control
emotional nature, being prey to misery and depression, having a feeling of
uselessness, being full of fear and unhappiness, not being to be of real
help to others
VISITOR: an AA member visiting from another group
WORK THE STEPS: applying the principles of the Twelve Steps of recovery
(love and service) in your life
WORKING THE PROGRAM: attending meetings faithfully, reading AA literature
daily, applying what we learn to daily living, sharing with others, and
accepting with an open mind what they share
WRONGS: resentments (wrong judgements), (fears) wrong believing, wrong
actions (harms done to others)
YOUR WILL: your thinking
12 AN 12: an A.A. book written by one of our co-founders to deepen our
understanding of our Twelve Steps and explain our Traditions
13 STEPPING: when a member takes advantage of a newer member for sexual
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Old 08-15-2006, 04:53 PM   #4
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I am leading a new big book study meeting and would like to find materials that would help me with this. I have 8 months sober and clean so would really appreciate the help. I lead the meetings at the Welcome Home Group at the Men's Center on Main Street in Houston, Texas Thursday nights at 8:00 - 9:00 pm. Thanks for any information and links you can sent me.

Deborah C.
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