​What Is AA?

ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS© is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism.

  • The ONLY requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. There are no dues or fees for A.A. membership; we are self-supporting through our own contributions.
  • Our primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety.

A.A. is present in over 170 countries, and worldwide membership is estimated at 2.1 million.

Is AA For You?

Is AA For You?

Only you can decide whether you want to give A.A. a try—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 found out that we had the disease of alcoholism.  Here are some of the questions we tried to answer honestly. Remember, there is no disgrace in facing up to the fact that you have a problem.  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?
  2. Do you wish people would mind their own business about your drinking—stop telling you what to do?
  3. Have you ever switched from one kind of drink to another in the hope that this would keep you from getting drunk?
  4. Have you had to have an eye-opener upon awakening during the past year?
  5. Do you envy people who can drink without getting into trouble?
  6. Have you had problems connected with drinking during the past year?
  7. Has your drinking caused trouble at home?
  8. Do you ever try to get "extra" drinks at a party because you do not get enough?
  9. 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?
  10. Have you missed days of work or school because of drinking?
  11. Do you have "blackouts"? (A "blackout" is when we have been drinking hours or days which we cannot remember.)
  12. Have you ever felt that your life would be better if you did not drink?

If we answered YES to four or more questions, we were in deep trouble with our drinking.  Copyright ©1973 A.A. World Services, Inc. Reprinted with gratitude.