Is Al-Anon for you?

Millions of people are affected by the excessive drinking of someone close.  The following questions are designed to help you decide whether or not you need Al-Anon:

  • Do you worry about how much someone else drinks?

     
  • Do you have money problems because of someone else's drinking?

     
  • Do you tell lies to cover up for someone else's drinking?

     
  • Do you feel that if the drinker cared about you, he or she would stop drinking to please you?

     
  • Do you blame the drinker's behaviour on his or her companions?

     
  • Are plans frequently upset or cancelled or meals delayed because of the drinker?

     
  • Do you make threats, such as, "If you don't stop drinking, I'll leave you"?

     
  • Do you secretly try to smell the drinker's breath?

     
  • Are you afraid to upset someone for fear it will set off a drinking bout?

     
  • Have you been hurt or embarrassed by a drinker's behaviour?

     
  • Are holidays and gatherings spoiled because of drinking?

     
  • Have you considered calling the police for help in fear of abuse?

     
  • Do you search for hidden alcohol?

     
  • Do you ever ride in a car with a driver who has been drinking?

     
  • Have you refused social invitations out of fear or anxiety?

     
  • Do you feel like a failure because you can't control the drinking?

     
  • Do you think that if the drinker stopped drinking, your other problems would be solved?

     
  • Do you ever threaten to hurt yourself to scare the drinker?

     
  • Do you feel angry, confused, or depressed most of the time?

     
  • Do you feel there is no one who understands your problems?

If you have answered "yes" to any of these questions, Al-Anon or Alateen may help you. To contact Al-Anon in your area, find the nearest meeting on the "meetings" page or find contact information on the "contacts" page.

Reprinted with permission from Al-Anon Family Group Headquarters, Inc., Virginia Beach, VA

 

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