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  1. Am I an alcoholic?
  2. What can I do if I am worried about my drinking?
  3. What is AA?
  4. If I go to an A.A. meeting, does that commit me to anything?
  5. What happens if I meet people I know?
  6. What happens at an A.A. meeting?
  7. How can this help me with my drinking problem?
  8. Why do A.A.s keep on going to meetings after they are cured?
  9. How do I join A.A.?
  10. How much does A.A. membership cost?
  11. Is A.A. a religious organization?
  12. There's a lot of talk about God, though, isn't there?
  13. Can I bring my family to an A.A. meeting?
  14. What advice do you give new members?
  15. How can I contact A.A.?

How can I tell if I have a problem?

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 A.A. will tell you whether you are or not.
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What can I do if I'm worried about my drinking?

Seek help. Alcoholics Anonymous can help.
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Just what is AA anyway?

We are a Fellowship of men and women who have lost the ability to control our drinking and have found ourselves in various kinds of trouble as a result of drinking. We attempt, most of us successfully, to create a satisfying way of life without alcohol. For this we find we need the help and support of other alcoholics in A.A.
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Will I be committed to anything if I go to a meeting?

No. A.A. does not keep membership files, or attendance records. You do not have to reveal anything about yourself. No one will bother you if you don't want to come back.
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What will happen if I see someone I know there?

They will be there for the same reason you are there. They will not disclose your identity to outsiders. At A.A. you retain as much anonymity as you wish. That is one of the reasons we call ourselves Alcoholics Anonymous.
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What happens at AA meetings?

An A.A. meeting may take one of several forms, but at any meeting you will find alcoholics talking about what drinking did to their lives and personalities, what actions they took to help themselves, and how they are living their lives today.
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How can this help me?

We in A.A. know what it is like to be addicted to alcohol, and to be unable to keep promises made to others and ourselves that we will stop drinking. We are not professional therapists. Our only qualification for helping others to recover from alcoholism is that we have stopped drinking ourselves, but problem drinkers coming to us know that recovery is possible because they see people who have done it.
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Do I have to keep going after I'm cured?

We in A.A. believe there is no such thing as a cure for alcoholism. We can never return to normal drinking, and our ability to stay away from alcohol depends on maintaining our physical, mental, and spiritual health. This we can achieve by going to meetings regularly and putting into practice what we learn there. In addition, we find it helps us to stay sober if we help other alcoholics.
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How do I join AA?

You are an A.A. member if and when you say so. The only requirement for A.A. membership is a desire to stop drinking, and many of us were not very wholehearted about that when we first approached A.A.
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How much does AA cost?

There are no dues or fees for A.A. membership. An A.A. group will usually have a collection during the meeting to cover expenses, such as rent, coffee, etc., and to this all members are free to contribute as much or as little as they wish.
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Is AA some kind of religion?

No. Nor is it allied with any religious organization.
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Isn't there a lot of "God talk" though?

The majority of A.A. members believe that we have found the solution to our drinking problem not through individual willpower, but through a power greater than ourselves. However, everyone defines this power as he or she wishes. Many people call it God, others think it is the A.A. group, still others don't believe in it at all. There is room in A.A. for people of all shades of belief and nonbelief.
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Can I bring my family with me?

Family members or close friends are welcome at Open A.A. meetings. Discuss this with your local contact.
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What advice do you give new members?

In our experience, the people who recover in A.A. are those who: (a) stay away from the first drink; (b) attend A.A. meetings regularly; (c) seek out the people in A.A. who have successfully stayed sober for some time; (d) try to put into practice the A.A. program of recovery.
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How do I get in touch with AA?

Look for Alcoholics Anonymous in your local telephone directory. These telephones are answered by A.A. volunteers who will be happy to answer your questions, or put you in touch with those who can. If there is no A.A. telephone service close to you, write or phone the A.A. General Service Office. If you are in Michigan use the links listed on the Links page; if you are in the Shiawassee County area you may wish to visit our meeting pages for a time and location of meetings in this part of the state.


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the material above was derived in large part from the AA® recovery pamphlet: A Newcomer Asks©A.A.W.S. and is reprinted here with permission