Have you ever decided to stop drinking for a week
or so, but only lasted a couple of days?
Most of us in AA made all kinds of promises to ourselves
and to our families. We could not keep them. Then we
came to AA. AA said, "Just try not to drink today."
(If you do not drink today, you cannot get drunk today.)
Do you wish people would mind their own business
about your drinking stop telling you what to
In AA we do not tell anyone to do anything. We just
talk about our own drinking, the trouble we got in to,
and how we stopped. We will be glad to help you, if
you want us to.
Have you ever switched from one kind of drink
to another in the hope that this would keep you from
We tried all kinds of ways. We made our drinks weak.
Or just drank beer. Or we did not drink cocktails. Or
only drank on weekends. You name it, we tried it. But
if we drank anything with alcohol in it, we usually
got drunk eventually.
Have you had to have an "eye-opener"
upon awakening during the past year?
Do you need a drink to get started or to stop shaking?
This is a pretty sure sign that you are not drinking
Do you envy people who can drink without getting
At one time or another, most of us have wondered why
we were not like most people, who really can take it
or leave it.
Have you had problems connected with drinking
during the past year?
Be honest! Doctors say that if you have a problem with
alcohol and keep on drinking, it will get worse
Has your drinking caused trouble at home?
Before we came into AA, most of us said that it was
the people or problems at home that made us drink. We
could not see that our drinking just made everything
worse. It never solved problems anywhere or anytime.
Do you ever try to get "extra" drinks
at a party because you do not get enough?
Do you tell yourself you can stop drinking any
time you want to, even though you keep getting drunk
when you don't mean to?
Many of us kidded ourselves into thinking that we drank
because we wanted to. After we came into AA, we found
that once we started to drink, we couldn't stop.
Most of us used to have a "few" before we
started out if we thought it was going to be that kind
of party. And if drinks were not served fast enough,
we would go someplace else to get more.
Many of us admit now that we "called in sick"
lots of times when the truth was that we were hung-over
or on a drunk.
Have you missed days of work or school because of drinking?
Do you have "blackouts?"
A "blackout" is when we have been drinking
hours or days which we cannot remember. When we came
to AA, we found out that this is a pretty sure sign
of alcoholic drinking.
Have you ever felt that your life would be better if
you did not drink?
Many of us started to drink because drinking made life
seem better, at least for awhile. By the time we got
into AA, we felt trapped. We were drinking to live and
living to drink. We were sick and tired of being sick