Alcoholics Anonymous is an international fellowship of men and women who have had a drinking problem. It is non-professional, self-supporting, multi-racial, apolitical, and available almost everywhere. There are no age or education requirements. Membership is open to anyone who wants to do something about his or her drinking problem.
Alcoholics Anonymous, or A.A., as it is widely known has been around since it was founded in 1935 by Bill Wilson and Dr Bob. Over 4.5 million people have recovered from alcoholism since it began.
Anyone may attend “Open” A.A. meetings. An Open meeting is open to the public, while “Closed” meetings are for members only. Only those with a drinking problem may attend Closed meetings or become AA members. People with problems other than alcoholism are eligible for AA membership only if they have a drinking problem too. According to AA Traditions, the only requirement for AA membership is a desire to stop drinking.
At meetings, A.A. members share their experience, strength, and hope with anyone seeking help with a drinking problem. The A.A. program, known as the 12 Steps, offers the alcoholic a way to develop a satisfying life without alcohol. This program is discussed at AA meetings.
Can AA help you? The only way to find out is to give it a try and see for yourself if you think help and support from others with the same problem will help you stay sober. AA has no fees or dues, so it won’t cost you anything to visit a few meetings. You really have nothing to lose by giving it a try.