The book Alcoholics Anonymous, the basic text of A.A., says:
"We alcoholics are men and women who lost the ability to control our drinking. We know that no real alcoholic ever recovers control. All of us felt at times that we were regaining control, but such intervals - usually brief - were inevitably followed by still less control, which led in time to pitiful and incomprehensible de-moralisation."

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Singleness of purpose and problems other than alcohol

Alcoholism and drug addiction are often referred to as "substance abuse" or "chemical dependency." Alcoholics and non-alcoholic’s are, therefore, sometimes introduced to A.A. and encouraged to attend A.A. meetings. Anyone may attend open A.A. meetings. But only those with a drinking problem may attend closed meetings or become A.A. members. People with problems other than alcoholism are eligible for A.A. membership only if they have a drinking problem.

Read more: Policies

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.
Alcoholics Anonymous can help people of any age from teens to elderly and from all backgrounds and ethnic groups.
A.A. works through members telling their stories of what we used to be like, what happened and what we are like now, and often centres around attendance at A.A. meetings. The A.A. program, known as The Twelve Steps, provides a framework for self-examination and a road to recovery, free of alcohol.

Read more: How we work

Alcoholics Anonymous New Zealand have produced television advertisements targeted at both men and women, and been the subject of a television documentary.
You can view via these links:

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 Canterbury Television recorded a documentary, I am an Alcoholic, in July/August 2010, which shows how AA works and the help and support available via AA.

To watch, click on the following links:

I am an Alcoholic Part 1.                                                                                                          I am an Alcoholic Part 2.

 

A.A. Annual Convention

A.A. Members Website

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