New to A.A.
Alcoholics Anonymous 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.
Is A.A. for you?
Twelve questions only you can answer
Only you can decide whether to give AA a try. In AA, we don't diagnose you and tell you if and when you should stop drinking. That's your decision to make.
Here are some questions which might help you to sort it out for you. See if you can recognise any of these situations in your own life. Remember, there's no disgrace in facing up to the fact that you have a problem.
Have you ever decided to stop drinking for a week or so, but only lasted a couple of days?
Do you wish people would mind their own business about your drinking - stop telling you what to do?
Have you ever switched from one kind of drink to another in the hope that this would keep you from getting drunk?
Have you had a drink in the morning in the past year?
Do you envy people who can drink without getting into trouble?
Have you had problems connected with drinking during the past year?
Has your drinking caused trouble at home?
Do you ever try to get "extra" drinks at a party because you don't 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?
Have you missed days of work because of drinking?
Do you have blackouts?
Have you ever felt that your life would be better if you didn't drink?
What's your score?
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 AA 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 AA 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.
AA 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.
Where to now?
You can also come to any of our meetings too.
Want to know more before you call? You can read more about AA on the national website here.