Is AA For You?
Alcoholics Anonymous isn’t in the business of diagnosing alcoholics or telling people whether or not they need help. It is up to each individual to decide for themselves whether they are alcoholic. Houston Intergroup has developed this short quiz that may help you decide whether to seek help for your drinking. If you believe you do have a problem, call AA at 713-686-6300.
1. Do you ever feel cravings or compulsions to drink that are difficult or impossible to ignore?
2. Do you sometimes drink more than you intend to drink?
3. Do you friends or family members ever advise you to cut down on your drinking?
4. Do you ever drink in the morning to get rid of a hangover or to stop shaking?
5. Have you ever had withdrawal symptoms such as the shakes, sleeplessness, nausea, anxiety, hallucinations or seizures when the effects of alcohol wear off?
6. Do you ever feel you need to quit drinking or cut down?
7. Have you driven drunk or participated in other dangerous behavior after drinking?
8. Have you had blackouts or memory loss as a result of drinking?
9. Have you ever switched from one kind of drink to another to help you manage your drinking, or to avoid getting drunk?
10. Do you miss school, work or other obligations because of drinking?
11. Has your drinking caused any health problems?
12. Do you ever feel guilty, ashamed or afraid because of your drinking?
If you answered YES to four or more questions, you probably have a problem with alcohol. This questionnaire is not intended to provide a diagnosis, but it can be a good first step in determining if there is cause for concern.
Whether you are alcoholic is a question you have to answer for yourself. The people of Alcoholics Anonymous are here to show you how we recovered. Call Houston Intergroup at 713-686-6300 to talk to an alcoholic in recovery or to find a meeting near you.