‘B’ is for Bottom (GlossAAry Update)

Does this bottom make my genes look big?

Just to let y’all know i’ve added another definition to my GlossAAry Page. This time i get to the ‘Bottom’.


I Hit Bottom

A bottom is the single, earth shattering, mind altering, conscious raising cataclysmic event that forces the alcoholic to see his disease for the first time. Illusions are washed away in a tsunami of reality and a sinking feeling of Titanic proportions forces the drinker to call out for help.

Not all drinkers have a bottom, and some bottoms are bigger than others. My bottom was huge, whereas other have cute little tiny bottoms.

Regardless, once you come out of your bottom, you’ll never be the same again.


About Al K Hall

Like a battered drinker or a punch drunk boxer, i am here for another round. For those of you who don’t know me, i’m a semi-professional writer on the rocks and a non-practicing alcoholic (if after 30 years of practicing, you still can't do something well, it's best to just give it up). For those of you who do know me, thanks for stopping by anyway and where’s the ten bucks you owe me? Welcome to my Bar None. A hole in the wall where we can hang out and trade the kind of stories you swap only when you’ve had one too many and either can’t find your way home or are afraid to. Hell, it’s cheaper than therapy and plus the pictures are prettier. Here we’ll crack open bottles and jokes and ‘last call’ are the only dirty words you’ll never hear. Pull up a stool and make yourselves at home.

Posted on February 26, 2012, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 12 Comments.

  1. I have a reader who needs your blog. She’s swapping bulimia for alcoholism and I am Triggered … I cant read her pain … Im terrified for her. Im sending her here if she shows up at iamnotshe again. Thanks for posting the ass shedder pic too. VIVID!

    • Ooh, hope you don’t trigger too hard. There’s plenty of room here! The more the merrier!

      Keep coming back, Melis,

      Al K Hall

      • Oh no…i think its me. I don’t want to trigger anyone…my deepest apologies. I am so sorry. This bottom post touches me bc I want my bottom but I don’t want it the pine box. The DUI wasn’t and that’s what scares me. When I left bulimia, I thought it was over in a good way…apparently, my ego saw things differently. With the grace of God, I’m going to beat this over, done period, the end…pine box when I’m 90. That all being said, that gif is hilarious..when we had a more liberal IM system at work, we’d pass it around to everyone we thought would get the humour.

      • Working On It!

        Keep up the good work!

        There’s a guy in the rooms here in AA who can’t stay sober longer than 5 days (although the last time i saw him he was doing better–18 days!). i’m afraid for him because i know he’s going to have to hit bottom to stop and, you are so right, that is a scary thought.

        My suicide attempt was my bottom and i literally was hanging between life and death for 2 days, then hospitalized for 10 more. i wouldn’t wish that on my worst enemy. Unfortunately, there’s nothing i can do to convince you that you need help, because you see that already.

        The only thing i can say is that if you are truly afraid of crossing over into a dark place with your behaviors, then a group / step program of some sort is your best bet. The act of physically walking into a room and sharing with other people is extremely cathartic and the type of healing for which there is no substitute.

        i’m pulling for you, babe. Keep Working On It!

        And keep coming back,

        Al K Hall

    • My Fault, Melis!

      i mentioned your blog to a couple readers because the issue of eating disorders came up.

      Hope i didn’t get myself in over your head!

      Keep coming back,

      Al K Hall

  2. True true, oh so true… I truly hope not to see any more of these hellish alcoholic bottoms ever again!


    You and Mrs. D are getting the Genuine Blogger Award. Woohoo. I’ll be back to read your post. Backwards as usual. Mel

    • i already commented on your blog, but thank you for the great honor! Although i’m not sure i qualify as a genuine blogger, i do have my random moments of sincerity, so i’ll take it.

      Keep coming back,

      Al K Hall

  4. Some things happen and we just can’t remain the same. Let’s always have positive changes. Must we first hit bottom? Smiles! Lovely post.

    • Must ‘we’ hit bottom for a positive change to take place? i can’t answer. All i can say is that i had to hit bottom to kick myself in the ass! Thanks for your comment!

      Keep coming back,

      AL K Hall

  5. LMAO: “Regardless, once you come out of your bottom, you’ll never be the same again.”

    I just can’t stop laughing at that line, lol!

    I know this is supposed to be serious and all, but I’m too busy cracking up. I’m also in a good mood because I got a lot of shit done on my extra day (Leap Day. It really did feel like a gift when I realized it was one) so I’m not thinking so much about bottoms as I am about tops. LOL.

    When I get serious again, I may just be able to contribute to this conversation in a more thoughtful manner. Meanwhile, I’m going to laugh once more about coming out of my bottom, hahahaha!

    • Hi Angel,

      Glad you got a kick out of it. You know me, always trying to coat the message inside a layer of candy! Laughter is a good thing. 😛

      Keep coming back,

      Al K Hall

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