Am I an alcoholic and is AA the only solution?
How do I decide if I am an alcoholic? Is AA the only treatment that works?
Nobody in AA can tell you if you are an alcoholic, there are many different ideas about what alcoholism is and only you can decide if you have a problem. To begin to get an idea of what symptoms many of us share you can read this list of twenty questions to ask yourself
The AA World Service Web site has some good information on how we decide if we have a problem and what AA is like:
AA Link One
AA Link Two
AA Link Three
AA does not
claim to be the only authority on alcoholism or how to treat it. This is an AA site so it comes from our perspective and we can only describe what has worked for us. AA does not insist it is the only answer to alcoholism and if something else works better for someone we encourage them to take advantage of it. We do not oppose any organization, even those who think we have no idea what we are talking about. We don't promote any organization either.
Other non-AA perspectives
include the basic rehab approach as explained by the very large rehab Hazelden
And here are some links to some other groups offering help to people with drinking problems:
LifeRing Secular Recovery
Secular Organizations for Sobriety
Women For Sobriety, Inc.