Do you want
to stop drinking?
If alcohol is a problem to you and if the "20 Questions" have convinced
you that you are an alcoholic, perhaps you will say, "Yes, but I can quit by
myself any time." More power to you if you can - and do.
All of us who are now members of Alcoholics Anonymous said that once, or a
hundred times, "I can take it, or leave it alone." So we took it. With the result
that later we got into further trouble and eventually reached an extremity when
we had to admit we could not stop without help.
We define an alcoholic as anyone whose drinking disrupts his or her business,
family or social life and who cannot stop, even though he or she may want to. We
regard alcoholism as an illness - an obsession of the mind coupled with an "allergy"
of the body. We think of ourselves as sick people who cannot touch alcohol any more
than a diabetic can eat sugar.
If you sincerely desire to stop drinking, perhaps Alcoholics Anonymous can help you.
How can AA Help me?
Below are some suggestions of the AA program which have helped thousands of AA members
to stop drinking.
- Admit that you are an alcoholic, that you are licked and need help.
- Have a sincere desire to stop drinking.
- Believe in God, or some power greater than yourself; or at least keep an
open mind on the spiritual factor, remembering always that thousands of
AA members have found this indispensable, some at once, others gradually.
- Make an inventory of your personal assets and liabilities. Put down your
faults so that you know what to fight and your good points to build up
your self-respect and confidence.
- Make a list of persons you have injured, and make direct amends to them,
financial or otherwise, whenever possible.
- Read the book Alcoholics Anonymous as soon as possible and then
other AA Literature.
- Attend every meeting of your AA group. Do this each week. Make this
your #1 duty, ahead of every other business, family or social responsibility,
remembering that your drinking came first before; now AA MEETINGS must
- Bring your wife, husband, other close relative or friend to open AA
meetings. Invite them to study the AA program as you do yourself.
They can help you a lot if they understand the program too.
- As soon as possible, find another alcoholic who needs help and try to
help him as you have been helped yourself.
- Talk and associate with other AA members as much as possible. Ask
questions freely. Only through Honest, Open-minded and Willing personal
discussion can full understanding be obtained.