Only you can decide whether you want to give A.A. a try – whether you think it can help you.
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.
decided to try to 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.
1. Have you ever decided to stop drinking for a week or so, but only lasted for a couple of days? Yes___ No___
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.
A.A. 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 – stop telling you what to do? Yes___ No___
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 drunk eventually.
4. Have you had to have an eye-opener upon awakening during the past year? Yes___ No___
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? Yes___ No___
6. Have you had problems connected with drinking during the past year? Yes___ No___
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? Yes___ No___
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 anytime.
8. Do you ever try to get “extra” drinks at a party because you do not get enough? Yes___ No___
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
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? Yes___ No___
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”? Yes___ No___
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? Yes___ No___
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? 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.
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.
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