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The Mind is Not the Brain, and the Brain is Not the Mind

Many studies have been conducted with subjects that are said to have this fictitious condition or disease of alcoholism. None have convincingly demonstrated that drinking alcohol or using other drugs is pathological. However, this does not imply that alcohol and other drugs have no effect on the brain. In fact, it is well established science that alcohol and other drugs can and do affect neuronal functions, e.g. some drugs block pain transmitters, while others cause unconsciousness for surgical procedures. That said, there is no evidence that suggests alcohol or any other drug has any affect on the mind. BRI researchers have, as have many other researchers, definitively observed that when those that are alleged to have the "disease of alcoholism" are sufficiently self-motivated to stop their use of alcohol or moderate their use of alcohol, they do. As a most basic function of living, if the mind perceives the self "not using alcohol and/or drugs," the brain believes these signals from the mind and then the body physically achieves that which originated in the mind. These observations are conclusive: there is no such thing as the "disease of alcoholism."