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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.

Follow this link to answer these questions: Yes or No                                      copywrite Alcoholics Anonymous
Still have Questions?  Am I An Alcoholic?

Nobody in A.A. is able to answer this question definitively. The only person
who is truly able to determine this is you.

What we can say, concerning this very personal decision, is that we were all
faced with one, if not both, of the following two conditions:
• “If, when you honestly want to, you find you cannot quit entirely,
•  If, when drinking, you have little control over the amount you take, you are
probably alcoholic.
Alcoholics Anonymous, Chapter 4, Page 44.)

“Most of us have been unwilling to admit we were real alcoholics. No person likes to think he is bodily and
mentally different from his fellows. Therefore, it is not surprising that our   careers have been characterized
by countless vain attempts to prove we could drink like other people. The idea that somehow, someday he will
control and enjoy his drinking is the great obsession of every abnormal drinker. The persistence of this illusion
is astonishing. Many pursue it into the gates of insanity or death.

We learned that we had to fully concede to our innermost selves that we were alcoholics. This is the first step
in recovery. The delusion that we are like other people, or presently may be, has to be smashed."
Alcoholics Anonymous, Chapter 3, Page 30.)

If you have said to yourself: “Yes, I'm one of those people who are powerless over alcohol. My life has
become unmanageable. I can't stop drinking and I want help”, you have made a good start on Step One and
discovered, as it says in the Big Book, “We are unable, at certain times, to bring into our consciousness with
sufficient force the memory of the suffering and humiliation of even a week or a month ago. We are without
defense against the first drink.”
Alcoholics Anonymous, Chapter 2, Page 24.)

What Do I Do Now?

First, know this: You never have to be alone again.

Recovery for each of us began only when we were able to reach out and ask others for help. In almost every
case, this was most difficult at first but, over time, has become an essential component of our continuing
recovery. There are countless others in the area who are willing to help. All one has to do is ask.

Go to meetings: Every day of the year, early morning, afternoon, evenings and even late at night, there is help
in the form of meetings for you and for every alcoholic who wants help.

Use this website's meeting database (or the print version obtainable on meeting literature tables) to find
meetings in the area.

Take in as many meetings as you can.

Get phone numbers of members and call them. Talking to
others really helps. Find someone to be your sponsor, to help
you understand the program..

A.A. 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."

Give us a chance, 90 meetings in 90 days are suggested. It has worked for many of us. All you have to do is
take that first step toward help. What do you have to lose?
Is AA For Me?
Am I An Alcoholic?
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