What is an alcoholic?
If an individual repeatedly drinks more than they intend or want to, if they get into trouble, or if they have memory lapses when they drink, they may be an alcoholic. If they want to control their drinking but can't, then alcoholism is a definite possibility. But as far as AA is concerned, it is up to the individual to decide whether they're an alcoholic.
AA is set up to help alcoholics who have a desire to stop drinking. If an individual’s drinking is causing you problems, or you have issues with an individual who drinks, then you should contact Al-Anon www.al-anon.org.nz. Al-Anon Family Groups consist of relatives and friends of alcoholics who, by banding together, can better solve their common problem.
It is the first drink that sets off the alcoholic, not the 2nd, 5th or 20th.
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