Is A.A. For You?

Do you think you might have a problem with alcohol?
Does your drinking worry you?
Are you having difficulty quitting drinking?

Am I an alcoholic?

“If you repeatedly drink more than you intend or want to, if you get into trouble, or if you have memory lapses when you drink, you may be an alcoholic.

“Only you can decide. No one in A.A. will tell you whether you are or not.” 1

What happens at an A.A. meeting?

A.A. meetings vary in format and size. There are discussion meetings, speaker meetings, meetings which center around reading A.A. literature, and some meetings are combinations of these formats.

At any A.A. meeting, alcoholics share from their own experience about what their lives were like when they were drinking, what actions they have taken to recover from active alcoholism, and what their lives are like today.

A.A. does not keep any membership records. You do not have to reveal anything about yourself when you attend a meeting. Attending an A.A. meeting does not obligate you to anything; you are welcome to make your own decision about whether to come back.

How much does A.A. membership cost?

There are no dues or fees for A.A. membership. Groups often take a collection to pay for the meeting’s expenses, such as coffee, rent, and literature, and A.A. members are welcome to contribute as much or as little as they like. Newcomers and visitors are not expected to contribute to the collection.

What can I do next?

If you think you may be an alcoholic or you have a desire to stop drinking, we urge you to learn more about A.A. The best way to learn more is to attend an A.A. meeting. There are hundreds of A.A. meetings in Connecticut everyday, meeting at almost any time of day.

Search for meetings in CT now on our website.

A.A. meetings are designated as either “open” or “closed.” Every meeting will have either an “O” for open or a “C” for closed next to it in the meeting listing. Anyone may attend an open meeting, whether or not he or she identifies as an alcoholic. We encourage anyone who wishes to learn more about A.A. to attend an open meeting. Closed meetings are limited to people with a desire to stop drinking. If you have a desire to stop drinking, you are welcome at any closed meeting of A.A.

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If you would like to speak with an alcoholic in A.A., our answering service can help you 24 hours a day. Go to the Answering Services page for more information.

Reprinted from “A Newcomer Asks…” with permission of A.A. World Services, Inc. Read the entire pamphlet on aa.org by clicking here.

12 questions only you can answer
Answer YES or NO to the following questions.

  1. Have you ever decided to stop drinking for a week or so, but only lasted for a couple of days?
  2. Do you wish people would mind their own business about your drinking-- stop telling you what to do?
  3. Have you ever switched from one kind of drink to another in the hope that this would keep you from getting drunk?
  4. Have you had to have an eye-opener upon awakening during the past year?
  5. Do you envy people who can drink without getting into trouble?
  6. Have you had problems connected with drinking during the past year?
  7. Has your drinking caused trouble at home?
  8. Do you ever try to get "extra" drinks at a party because you do not get enough?
  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?
  10. Have you missed days of work or school because of drinking?
  11. Do you have "blackouts"?
  12. Have you ever felt that your life would be better if you did not drink?
Did you answer YES to 4 or more of these questions? You may be in trouble with alcohol.

These questions are from A.A.'s website, (c) Copyright 1973, A.A. World Services, Inc. Read more about them on aa.org by clicking here.