For Beginners

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 disease 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.


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.

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What AA Does Not Do

When we are working and participating in it is important to know what AAWS and GSO identify as areas we should stay away from in our discussions.
Recruit members or furnish initial motivation for alcoholics to recover.
Keep membership records or case histories.
Follow up or try to control its members.
Make medical or psychological diagnoses or prognoses.
Provide hospitalization, drugs, or medical or psychiatric treatment.
Provide housing, food, clothing, jobs, money or other such services.
Provide domestic or vocational counselling.
Engage in or sponsor research.
Affiliate with social agencies (though many members and service offices do cooperate with them).
Offer religious services.
Engage in any controversy about alcohol or other matters.
Accept money for its services or contributions from non-A.A. sources.
Provide letters of reference to parole boards, attorneys, court officials, schools, businesses, social agencies, or any other organization or institution.



There are alternatives treatments such as Abbeycare’s alcohol rehab in the UK, or other approaches such as Smart Recovery or non-12step based approaches. Do your research before deciding the best option for you.