What came to mind when I read your post was the line from the book, "the sense of ease and COMFORT which comes at once by taking a few drinks."
I work in a field that requires rigorous honesty - banking. I have seen much of the opposite, not only with money, but with juggling figures and finding ways around government regulations. And, I did my share of it too, when I was still spiritually asleep.
A while ago I took in a counterfeit $100 bill from a bar and didn't notice it at the time, as I was chatting with the bar owner & keeping an eye on his two children who were tearing up the place. Later I saw it was fake. But technically, you have to confront the presenter with it at the time, otherwise he could say it wasn't his.
I could have tried to hide it, but the thought made me sick. Just like the thought of taking a few drinks! (FEW! My eye!
I called him, taking the chance that he'd deny it was his & I'd have to take the loss.
But, I could not be happy, joyous & free living a lie.
He just said he gets them all the time cuz the bar is so dark & to just deduct it from his account.
The point is - when I do what I believe is God's will for me, it comes out all right. Even if I had to take the loss it would have been all right - after all, I deserved it for not paying attention!
But it's not all right for me to be dishonest.
And, it creates more fear, rationalization, drama & grief than being truthful.
And, I bet the four horsemen are in there somewhere!
Who wants to deal with THOSE perverts?
Keep on steps 6 & 7. That's where I found serenity today.