If you think you may have a problem with drinking, Alcoholics Anonymous can help. Have a look at the 12 questions below you may find it useful in identifying if you have a problem with alcohol.
People come to AA through many different means… choose the path that best suits you.
If you prefer e-mail as a means of contact then feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We have a team of volunteers who have experienced the problems that losing control of your drinking can bring. They are only too pleased to be willing to help. On the national website they also have a chat now function where you can speak to someone online.
If you want to speak to someone in your area who has found a solution to the problems they had as a result of their drinking you can call our helpline Free on 01865 242373, to be put in touch with someone locally.
If you prefer, you can simply turn up at one of our meetings – click on this link to find one in the area. We strongly suggest that when you arrive you let someone know that this is your first meeting, that way they will be able to provide you with information that most people new to AA find useful.
You may also find the newcomer pack useful. It contains a few AA leaflets that may be of help. Please click here: Newcomers Pack
Do you think you might have a problem with alcohol? Consider this list of questions
- Have you ever decided to stop drinking for a week or so, but only lasted for a couple of days?
- Do you wish people would mind their own business about your drinking – stop telling you what to do?
- Have you ever switched from one kind of drink to another in the hope that this would keep you from getting drunk?
- Have you had a drink in the morning during the past year?
- Do you envy people who can drink without getting into trouble?
- Have you had problems connected with drinking during the past year?
- Has your drinking caused trouble at home?
- Do you ever try to get ‘extra’ drinks at a party because you do not get enough?
- 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?
- Have you missed days off work because of drinking?
- Do you have ‘blackouts’?
- Have you ever felt that your life would be better if you did not drink?
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. 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.” 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.