How Alcoholics Anonymous can Help People

Are you an alcoholic?

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 thought so for years!) We found out that many people suffered from the same feelings of guilt and loneliness and hopelessness that we did. We found out that we had these feelings because we had the disease of alcoholism. Read more: Are you an alcoholic?


What you can do next

We would recommend you come to an A.A. meeting or at least contact someone in A.A. and talk them about your problem.

Read more: What you can do next

Attending meetings

Going to an A.A. meeting is simple. You find out where and when there is a meeting convenient for you and you just turn up. That's it. There's no signing in, no money to pay, no appointment to make. There are no intrusive questions, no obligations. Your privacy and anonymity will be respected. You’ll never be met with a demand to come back to any meeting or indeed to AA. You can go to different meetings as often or as little as you wish.

To listen to what happens in a meeting, visit our Meetings on Air.

Read more: Attending meetings

Frequently asked questions

This page is intended to provide basic information on Alcoholics Anonymous. We have tried to answer the questions most frequently in the minds of people who are new to A.A. – the questions in our minds when we first approached the fellowship. Read more: Frequently asked questions


Help for Individuals

Help for Individuals
Are you worried you may have a problem with alcohol?
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Help for Concerned Family

Concerned for a friend or family member?

Are you concerned for a friend or family member? Where can you find help or support?

Information for Professionals

Information for Professionals
Are you an employer, referrer, or other professional with questions?
Find out how
we can help you.

Information for the Media

Information for the Media
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Alcoholics Anonymous Website

A.A. Annual Convention

A.A. Members Website