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If you or someone you love has a problem with alcohol, we would like to help.
We are recovering alcoholics ourselves and are committed to helping other alcoholics achieve sobriety. Alcohol will inevitably destroy the alcoholic, one way or another. It's a simple message, but one that needs to be said. We are men and women who finally gave up trying to control our drinking. We hated to admit that we could not drink safely or socially. We found that many people suffered from the same guilt, loneliness, and hopelessness that we did. In AA we found that we had these feelings because we had the progressive and fatal illness of alcoholism. If you know someone who needs help with a drinking problem, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Those people are not alone. We will assist you (or your friend) to attend an AA meeting with us. The only requirement for attending the meeting is a desire to stop drinking. The meetings are anonymous and they are free.
But 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 progressive and fatal illness 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. 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.
1. Have you ever decided to stop drinking for a week or more, but only lasted for a few days?
Most of us in A.A. made all kinds of promises to ourselves and to our families. We could not keep them. Then we came to A.A. In A.A. they said: "Just try not to drink today." (If you do not drink today, you cannot get drunk today.)
2. Do you wish people would mind their own business
about your drinking, and 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 ended up getting drunk eventually.
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 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.
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?
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. It never solved problems, but we could not see that our drinking just made everything worse.
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 get drunk sometimes even 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 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.
What's your score? Did you answer YES four or more times?
The AA Preamble
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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