We hope we have made clear the distinction between the alcoholic and the non-alcoholic. If, when you honestly want to, you find you cannot quit entirely, or if when drinking, you have little control over the amount you take, you are probably alcoholic.
Reprinted from Alcoholics Anonymous 4th Edition, page 44.
Used with permission of A.A. World Services, Inc.
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. It is not our intent or desire to label or diagnose anybody as being alcoholic. We have no opinion on drinking as an institution — we only know that, for us, it proved disastrous. We have found a way to stay sober one day at a time, and to enjoy life as we never even imagined.
If you feel you may have a drinking problem, we encourage you to seek help — either in A.A. or elsewhere. There are some short pamphlets available on the right that may answer questions you might have. There are meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous close at hand. If you’re in the greater Montgomery area, a schedule is available here. If you’re not certain, you may want to stick to “open” meetings. Open meetings are for anyone interested in our program of recovery. “Closed” meetings are for those who have a drinking problem and a desire to stop drinking.
If you don’t believe your drinking is a problem, but you find yourself referred to A.A. by a professional, such as a physician, a judge, or a counselor, you may find the links at right helpful — especially the letter “So You’ve Been Sent…”. We do recommend if you attend A.A., that you only attend open meetings. You can download a schedule of open meetings below: