Here are my comments, for what value they may have to readers:
Joe: I always appreciate writings and postings that quote (and preferably document) sources. In that respect, your post is appreciated. As to disease vs. illness vs. sin, vs allergy, I pass. And I much prefer to look at two things: (1) The typical fall of the alcoholic which can be drawn from the first chapter of James--temptation is the starting point. It doesn't come from God and God can't be tempted, but the Adversary is appropriately described as the "Tempter." James 4:7 says: "Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the Devil, and he will flee from you." In the "Temptations," the devil quoted Scripture to Jesus; and Jesus came right back with "It is written. . ." In my own experience, my excessive use of alcohol, coupled with the same high powered sedatives that Bill and Bob both used, doomed me to the plight I found myself in on April 21, 1986. What had brought me there? Blind behavior. Support of friends. Depression. Dishonest assessment. The Devil. Slippery places. And risk tendencies. Nuts! Just like the Jaywalker. Willpower is involved in yielding to temptation. Willpower is involved in resisting temptation. But the premise of old school A.A. was that if we couldn't relieve ourselves, and if human powers could not relieve us, God could! How? Love, power, guidance, forgiveness, healing, and an offer to establish a relationship with Him through Jesus Christ. Then to see the same miracles as those described in the Gospels and Acts.