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Am I an Alcoholic ?
Alcoholics are adept at denying they have a problem. In the beginning, almost all think they do not belong and are unsuitable for membership of AA.
It is not until they find themselves attending meetings and hearing other people sharing their experiences that they realise how similar they are to their own.
Is AA Successful?
A recent AA membership survey found 40 per cent of members had not had a drink for between two and 10 years. A total of 73 per cent had not had a drink for at least a year.
The power of Alcohol
The alcoholic is absolutely powerless when faced with alcohol. Their hope lies in understanding their addiction and getting help from organisations like AA.
According to AA, a heavy drinker can drink and get drunk but then, when they see their life is spinning out of control because of alcohol, they can make a decision to stop.
An alcoholic, on the other hand has a disease. An alcoholic has an "allergy" to alcohol .
Once an alcoholic takes their first drink, they are trapped. Something in their body requires them to keep drinking.
Adding to this problem is a mental craving for alcohol so that even if the alcoholic can manage to stay away from alcohol for a time, they will eventually be drawn back to it. Once the first drop touches their tongue, the "allergy" kicks in and they are unable to stop
Can an alcoholic drink again?
In AA the belief is that it is never safe for an alcoholic to drink again. However, rather than make a life pledge, it is suggested newcomers stop drinking one day at a time. This makes the prospect of stopping and staying stopped easier.