I disagree with this, and think people really misunderstand the concept. Three years sober, a day at a time, I no longer have to be vigilant about alcohol. I’m too busy living my life. But the one day at a time thing stopped me getting overwhelmed with FOREVER. Also, AA taught me to think of others and stop being so self-centred and self-important. That’s what changed my life as much as the no-more-booze consequences. Great article, mind. I found it incredibly hard to let go of my beer drinking identity too. It took quite a while for it to dawn on me how based in delusion the whole thing was!