Am I an Alcoholic? As members of AA, we've all asked
ourselves that question at one point or another. By going to AA
meetings and talking with other alcoholics, we've learned that it
doesn't matter how much or how often we drink, it's what
happens to us when we start drinking that makes us alcoholic. We have
found that once we start, we have very little control over the amount we do
drink. It wasn't like that in the beginning but somewhere along the way
we changed. Rather than give up without a fight, most of us valiantly
gain control. We tried switching brands, limiting the number of drinks,
never drinking alone, never drinking in the morning, not having it in
the house...we tried everything we could think of and when that didn't work,
then we flat out swore we'd quit forever.
However, once the thought of a drink enters our head, our willpower
becomes practically nonexistent and we no longer remember the suffering
and humiliation of even a week ago. Left on our own we have no defense
against taking that first drink.
If you've been struggling with your drinking and want
to quit then AA can help. We have many meetings throughout Bay
County. Click here for the meeting schedule.
If you'd like to talk to a recovering alcoholic, call
our 24-hour answering service and they'll put you in contact with one
of our members. Call (850) 784-7431 or (800) 333-0996.
AA publishes a book called Alcoholics Anonymous (we
call it the Big Book). It explains more about the disease of alcoholism
but most importantly it offers a solution. Read it on the official AA
If you're a family member or friend of an
alcoholic and their drinking is having an adverse affect on your life
can help. Al-Anon's primary purpose is to help the families of
alcoholics. They do this by practicing the Twelve Steps of Al-Anon and
by welcoming and comforting the family of the alcoholic.
For us, one drink is too many and a thousand not enough.