What is AA?
Alcoholics Anonymous is a worldwide fellowship of people who help each other to stay sober. They offer the same help to anyone who has a drinking problem and wants to do something about it. Since they are all alcoholics themselves, they have a special understanding of each other. They know what the illness feels like – and they have learned how to recover from it in AA.
Is AA For You?
Do you think you might have a problem with alcohol?
Does your drinking worry you?
Are you having difficulty quitting drinking?
Am I an alcoholic?
If you repeatedly drink more than you intend or want to, if you get into trouble, or if you have memory lapses when you drink, you may be an alcoholic.
Only you can decide. No one in AA will tell you whether you are or not.
What happens at an AA meeting?
AA meetings vary in format and size. There are discussion meetings, speaker meetings, meetings which center around reading AA literature, and some meetings are combinations of these formats.
At any AA meeting, alcoholics share from their own experience about what their lives were like when they were drinking, what actions they have taken to recover from active alcoholism, and what their lives are like today.
AA does not keep any membership records. You do not have to reveal anything about yourself when you attend a meeting. Attending an AA meeting does not obligate you to anything; you are welcome to make your own decision about whether to come back.
How much does AA membership cost?
There are no dues or fees for AA membership. Groups often take a collection to pay for the meeting’s expenses, such as coffee, rent, and literature, and AA members are welcome to contribute as much or as little as they like. Newcomers and visitors are not expected to contribute to the collection.
What can I do next?
If you think you may be an alcoholic or you have a desire to stop drinking, we urge you to learn more about AA The best way to learn more is to attend an AA meeting. There are hundreds of AA meetings in Connecticut everyday, meeting at almost any time of day.
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AA meetings are designated as either “open” or “closed.” Every meeting will have either an “O” for open or a “C” for closed next to it in the meeting listing. Anyone may attend an open meeting, whether or not he or she identifies as an alcoholic. We encourage anyone who wishes to learn more about AA to attend an open meeting. Closed meetings are limited to people with a desire to stop drinking. If you have a desire to stop drinking, you are welcome at any closed meeting of AA.
If you would like to speak with an AA Representative, our answering service can help you 24 hours a day. Go to the Answering Services page for more information.
1 Reprinted from “A Newcomer Asks…” with permission of AA World Services, Inc. Read the entire pamphlet on aa.org by clicking here.