Am I an alcoholic?
If you repeatedly drink more than you intend or
want to, if you get into trouble, or drink, you may
be an alcoholic. Only you can decide. No one in AA will
tell you whether you are or not.
What can I do if I am worried about my drinking?
Seek help. Alcoholics Anonymous can help.
What is Alcoholics Anonymous?
We are a Fellowship of men and women who have lost the
ability to control our drinking and have found ourselves
in various kinds of trouble as a result of drinking.
We attempt most of us successfully to
create a satisfying way of life without alcohol. For
this we find we need the help and support of other alcoholics
If I go to an AA meeting, does that commit
me to anything?
No. AA does not keep membership files, or attendance
records. You do not have to reveal anything about yourself.
No one will bother you if you don't want to come back.
What happens if I meet people I know?
They will be there for the same reason you are there.
They will not disclose your identity to outsiders.
At AA you retain as much anonymity as you wish. That
is one of the reasons we call ourselves "Alcoholics
What happens at an AA meeting?
An AA meeting may take one of several forms, but at
any meeting you will find alcoholics talking about what
drinking did to their lives and personalities, what
actions they took to help themselves, and how they are
living their lives today.
How can this help me with my drinking problem?
We in AA know what it is like to be addicted to alcohol,
and to be unable to keep promises made to others and
ourselves that we will stop drinking.
We are not professional therapists. Our only qualification
for helping others to recover from alcoholism is that
we have stopped drinking ourselves, but problem drinkers
coming to us know that recovery is possible because
they see people who have done it.
Why do AA's keep on going to meetings after
they are cured?
We in AA believe there is no such thing as a "cure"
for alcoholism. We can never return to normal drinking,
and our ability to stay away from alcohol depends on
maintaining our physical, mental, and spiritual health.This
we can achieve by going to meetings regularly and putting
into practice what we learn there.
In addition, we find it helps us to stay sober if we
help other alcoholics.
How do I join AA?
You are an AA member if and when you say so. The only
requirement for AA membership is a desire to stop drinking,
and many of us were not very wholehearted about that
when we first approached AA.
How much does AA membership cost?
There are no dues or fees for AA membership. An AA group
will usually have a collection during the meeting to
cover expenses, such as rent, coffee, etc., and to this
all members are free to contribute as much or as little
as they wish.
Is AA a religious organization?
No. Not is it allied with any religious organization.
There's a lot of talk about God, though, isn't
The majority of AA members believe that we have found
the solution to our drinking problem not through individual
willpower, but through a power greater than ourselves.
However, everyone defines this power as he or she wishes.
Many people call it God, others think it is the AA group,
still others don't believe in it at all. There is room
in AA for people of all shades of belief and nonbelief.
Can I bring my family to an AA meeting?
Family members or close friends are welcome at "Open"
AA meetings. Discuss this with your local contact.
What advice do you give new members?
In our experience, the people who recover in AA are
(a) stay away from the
(b) attend AA meetings
(c) seek out the people
in AA who have successfully stayed sober for some time
(d) try to put into practice
the AA program of recovery
How can I contact AA?
Look for Alcoholics Anonymous in your local telephone
directory. These telephones are answered by AA volunteers
who will be happy to answer your questions, or put you
in touch with those who can. If there is no AA telephone
service close to you, write or phone the AA General