Including Country Contacts and Prisons Meetings Help Line 08-9325-3566 or for the price of a local call 1300 22 22 22
A.A. Welcomes Newcomers
If you think you have a problem with drinking, we’re here to help.
If you seem to be having trouble with your drinking, or if your drinking has reached the point where it worries you, you may be interested to know something about Alcoholics Anonymous and the A.A. programme of recovery from alcoholism. After reading this brief outline you may decide that A.A. has nothing to offer you.
Should this be the case, we suggest only that you keep an open mind on the subject. Consider your drinking carefully in the light of what you learn from this website.
Determine for yourself whether or not alcohol has truly become a problem for you. And remember that you will always be most welcome to join the thousands of men and women in A.A. who have put their drinking problems behind them and now lead “normal” lives of constructive, day by day sobriety.
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Before you go further
We do not like to pronounce any individual as alcoholic, but you can quickly diagnose yourself. Step over to the nearest barroom and try some controlled drinking. Try to drink and stop abruptly. Try it more than once. It will not take long for you to decide, if you are honest with yourself about it. It may be worth a bad case of jitters if you get a full knowledge of your condition. (Big Book, pgs 31,32)
If, when you honestly want to, you find you cannot quit entirely, or if when drinking, you have little control over the amount you take, you are probably alcoholic. If that be the case, you may be suffering from an illness which only a spiritual experience will conquer. (Big Book, pg 44)
Reprinted from the book, “Alcoholics Anonymous”® Copyright © 1939, 1955, 1976, A.A. World Services, Inc.
To get help now
People come to AA through many different means… choose the path that best suits you.
Call our Help Line 08-9325-3566 or 1300 22 22 22 It is a 24 hour service, manned by volunteers who are members of AA and are alcoholics in recovery. They know how you feel – they have been there.
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org These emails are answered in our office during normal office hours – answered by the same people that man the phones.
If you prefer you can simply turn up at one of our meetings. See the Meetings List below. Select the day of the week and then look for the meeting time/place that suits you. We strongly suggest that when you arrive you let someone know that this is your first meeting, that way they will be able to provide you with information that most people new to AA find useful.