Alcoholism is an illness. It can hit anyone: young, old; rich, poor; black, white. Alcoholics aren’t just those old guys sitting on park benches. Young successful people can ruin their lives with alcohol too.
It doesn’t matter how long you’ve been drinking, what you’ve been drinking or even how much.
It’s what drinking does to you that counts.
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.
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Only you can decide whether you want to give AA a try or if you think it can help you.
We who are in AA 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 AA members that we were sick. We found out that many people suffered from the same feelings of guilt, loneliness and hopelessness that we did. We found out that we had these feelings because we were sick with alcoholism.
We decided to try to face up to what alcohol had done to us. Here are some of the questions we tried to answer honestly. See if you can recognise any of these situations in your own life.
Remember, there is no disgrace in facing up to the fact that you have a problem.