Many people feel strange when going to their first A.A. meeting. Some people think they are too young to be in alcoholics anonymous. Others feel embarrassed or haven’t been drinking for very long. There are even members of Alcoholics Anonymous who never really drank “hard” liquor.

At Alcoholics Anonymous, you soon learn that it really doesn’t matter how much you drink, where you drink or what you drink. The important thing is what alcohol does to you physically and psychologically; only you can decide whether or not you have a drinking problem.

Here are just some of the Myths & Truths about Alcohol and Alcoholics Anonymous (A.A.):

Myth: A.A. is only for older people who have been drinking for several years.

Truth: Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship for anyone who thinks they may have a problem with alcohol abuse; no matter how long you have been drinking.

Myth: I can’t be an alcoholic, I can drink a lot and not get sick

Truth: Even people with large capacities for alcohol can become alcoholics

Myth: Joining A.A. means complying with a bunch of rules, regulations and people telling you what to do.

Truth: Joining Alcoholics Anonymous is always free and never requires forms to sign or dues to pay. The only “requirement” for joining Alcoholics Anonymous is a desire to stop drinking. People in A.A. tell stories and give suggestions on how to stop drinking and stay sober.

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  • bill

    Unfotunately, AA lends itself (albeit unintentially, I hope) to being used as a networking tool for individuals seeking to serve their own best interests. An example? A recently elected gubernatorial candidate who habituated AA meetings, and actually chaired a meeting I attended on a Sunday (more people there I guess) and distributed bumper stickers after the meeting to fellow alcoholics. Witnessing this did not dampen my desire to remain sober. It did, however, cause me to re-think whether AA was the best way to do so. With a little research I found that as many (and I’m being generous) alcoholics are successfully recovering on their own, without AA. I think AA does more good than harm, and is beneficial to many recovering alcoholics, but I think it goes way too far in suggesting its program is the best means of recovery. I hope to continue my recovery from alcohol dependence without having to trade it for dependence on an organization which can be manipulated so easily.
    Thank you for letting me share.

    • mjdunn

      Let us know how that works out for you. I can only speak about what has worked for me. I tried the other way and it didn’t work. Peace.

  • Ronnie P..

    Myth; No romantic relationships for the first year of sobriety.
    Truth; We want to stay out of this controversy. We do not want to be the arbiter of anyones sex life. Alcoholics Annonymous p. 69

    • mjdunn

      Yes it does say that, but AA answers are usually suggestions only and a little deeper than the sentence you quoted. If you look at page 70 in the middle of the page it says,”To sum up sex; We earnestly pray for the right ideal, for guidance in each questionable situation, for sanity, and for the strength to do the right thing.”
      We have all been plagued by difficulty with relationships and sex adds a component of feelings that have been troublesome for us. The point trying to be made here is that relationship building in recovery is to be done with God’s help and after carefully becoming aware of our defects of character. Remember we are building a “new mind” and we need to be on solid ground to do it. It is not easy and does not come quickly, but “Easy Does It.”