Only you can decide whether you want to give A.A. a try ?
whether you think it can help you.
We who are in A.A. came because we finally gave up trying to control
our drinking. We still hated to admit that we could never drink safely.
Then we heard from other A.A. members that we were sick. (We thought so
for years!) We found out that many people suffered from the same feelings
of guilt and loneliness and hopelessness that we did. We found out that we
had these feelings because we had the disease of alcoholism.
We decided to try and face up to what alcohol had done to us. Here are
some of the questions we tried to answer honestly. If we answered
YES to four or more questions, we were in deep trouble with our drinking.
See how you do. Remember, there is no disgrace in facing up to the fact
that you have a problem.
Answer YES or NO to the following questions.
2 - Do you wish people would mind their own business about your
drinking-- stop telling you what to do? In A.A. we do not tell anyone to do anything. We just talk about our own
drinking, the trouble we got into, and how we stopped. We will be glad
to help you, if you want us to.
3 - Have you ever switched from one kind of drink to another in
the hope that this would keep you from getting drunk?
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
4 - 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 "socially."
5 - Do you envy people who can drink without getting into trouble?
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.
6 - 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 -- never better. Eventually, you will
die, or end up in an institution for the rest of your life. The only
hope is to stop drinking.
7 - Has your drinking caused trouble at home?
Before we came into A.A., 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
8 - Do you ever try to get "extra" drinks at a party because you
do not get enough?
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 some place else to get more.
9 - 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 A.A., we found out that once we started to
drink, we couldn't stop.
10 - Have you missed days of work or school because of drinking?
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.
11 - Do you have "blackouts"?
A "blackout" is when we have been drinking hours or days which we cannot
remember. When we came to A.A., we found out that this is a pretty sure
sign of alcoholic drinking.
12 - 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 a while. By the time we got into A.A., we felt trapped. We
were drinking to live and living to drink. We were sick and tired of
being sick and tired.
Did you answer YES four or more times? If so, you are probably
in trouble with alcohol. Why do we say this? Because thousands of people
in A.A. have said so for many years. They found out the truth about
themselves ?the hard way.
But again, only you can decide whether you think A.A. is for
you. Try to keep an open mind on the subject. If the answer is YES,
we will be glad to show you how we stopped drinking ourselves. Just call.
A.A. does not promise to solve your life's problems. But we can show
you how we are learning to live without drinking "one day at a time." We
stay away from that "first drink." If there is no first one, there cannot
be a tenth one. And when we got rid of alcohol, we found that life became
much more manageable.
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS?/font> is a fellowship of men and women who share
their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve
their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism.
The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking.
There are no dues or fees for A.A. membership; we are self-supporting
through our own contributions.
A.A. is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics,
organization or institution; does not wish to engage in any controversy;
neither endorses nor opposes any causes. Our primary purpose is to stay
sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety.
Copyright ?by The A.A. Grapevine,
Inc.; reprinted with permission