Only you can decide whether you want to give Alcoholics Anonymous a try—whether you think it can help you. We who are in A.A. came because we finally gave up trying to control our drinking. We still hated to admit that we could never drink safely. Then we heard from other A.A. members that we were sick. (We thought so for years!) We found out that many people suffered from the same feelings of guilt and loneliness and hopelessness that we did. We found out that we had these feelings because we had the disease of alcoholism. We decided to try to face up to what alcohol had done to us.

Here are some of the questions we tried to answer honestly. Remember, there is no disgrace in facing up to the fact that you have a problem.

Typically, most A.A. members have come to self-diagnose themselves as alcoholic. Hospitals and the medical/psychiatric communities have a variety of legitimate assessment tools but ultimately the alcoholic must accept the fact that they are alcoholic. The following 20 questions are by no means scientific, but if you are wondering if you are an alcoholic or potential alcoholic, feel free to take the quiz.



If you answered YES to any 1 question, there is a definite warning that you may be an alcoholic.

If you answered YES to any 2 questions, the chances are that you are an alcoholic.

If you answered YES to 3 or more questions, you are definitely an alcoholic.

(These questions are used by Johns Hopkins University Hospital, Baltimore, Md., in deciding whether a patient is alcoholic)

#1 Have you gotten into financial difficulties as a result of drinking?

#2 Do you turn to lower companions and an inferior environment when drinking?

This quiz is confidential and none of the results are captured or archived for any purpose.