Is AA For 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
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? 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.)
I cannot begin to recall the number of times I sincerely
promised to my wife 'Never Again' and proceeded to get drunk shortly after.
I drank and I drank even when I did not really want to drink. I could not
stop and I did not know why. So the answer to this question is YES.
2:-Do you wish people would mind their own business about your drinking
— stop telling you what
to do? 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.
Sure, people sometimes told me I drank too much. While I
was drinking, though, I
couldn't care less what people thought about me. Go bother someone else I
thought. I wouldn't listen to them anyway.
So the answer to this question is NO.
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.
I did try to drink beer instead of whiskey but all that
did was make me piss a lot and I couldn't get a decent buzz. So the answer to this question is YES