I know what you're talking about, I hear it at times in meetings also.
Pg 44 and 45 in on Big Book:
If a mere code of morals or a better philosophy of life were sufficient to overcome alcoholism, many of us would have recovered long ago. But we found that such codes and philosophies did not save us, no matter how much we tried. We could wish to be moral, we could wish to be philosophically comforted, in fact, we could will these things with all out might, but the needed power wasn't there. Our human resources, as marshaled by the will, were not sufficient; they failed utterly.
I like that paragraph in the book, it reminds me that:
A. I drank because I am an alcoholic not because a lack of morals or personality defect.
B. I have no control over my drinking, I do over my morals and personality defects.
C. That it is a cop out for me to think one has anything to do with the other.
Good Call Robert.