However, that's not enough: I would need to be disconnected from God. The lower authority, my mind, would need to make a decision without the higher authority, God, stepping in. The higher authority operates at a spiritual level not an intellectual level. We recoil as if from a hot flame; we do not think it through. Revulsion or walking away from a drinking situation is the sign that this higher authority is in charge.
How do you tell whether you're disconnected from God?
You can come at this from two angles:
How is my thinking or behaviour disconnecting me from God?
What symptoms to do I have of being disconnected from God?
Discussion of the bedevilments
So, to test how close you are to a drink:
1. What action do I take, or am tempted to take, that gives me short-term gain but long-term pain.
Am I a prey to misery and depression?
Am I able to make a living?
Do I feel useless?
Am I full of fear?
Am I unhappy?
Am I able to be of real help to anyone?