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YOUNG PEOPLE'S CT: A.A. MEETINGS
TOWN DAY TIME ADDRESS TYPE Ansonia Thursday 9:15 p.m. Sahara Club: 165 North Main St. O Cannan Tuesday 8:00 p.m. Christ Episcopal Church: Main St. OD Canton Tuesday 7:30 p.m. Congregational Church: 184 Cherry Brook (Rte. 179) OD Coventry Monday 7:00 p.m. OBB Danbury Saturday 11:00 p.m. Alumni Hall Westconn.: James Roach Blvd.
Deep River Thursday 8:00 p.m. Congregational Church: 1 Church St. (Rte. 154) OD East Lyme Tuesday 6:00 p.m. Flanders Baptist Church: 138 Boston Post Rd.
Enfield Friday 7:00 p.m. St. Adelbert's Church: 90 Alden Ave. OSD Fairfield Saturday 5:30 p.m. Club 12 @ St. Emery School: Halley Ave. OD Greenwich Saturday 5:00 p.m. Teen Center: 100 Arch St. OD Guilford Wednesday 7:30-8:30 p.m. Congregational Church: Guilford Green
Naugatuck Saturday 7:30 p.m. Salem Lutheran Church: 14 Salem St.
CBB CST Norwich Wednesday 8:00 p.m. Congregational Baptist Church: 2 Union Square OD Putnam Friday 8:00 p.m. St. Mary's Church: Providence & Marshall Streets OSD Stamford Monday 8:15 p.m. Glenbrook Community Center: 35 Crescent St. CD Trumbull Thursday 7:30 p.m. Grace Episcopal Church: 5958 Main St. OD Waterbury Wednesday 7:30 p.m. Congregational Church: 274 Bunker Hill Ave. OD Winsted Monday 7:00 p.m. St. Joseph's Church: 31 Oak St. OD
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Taking Stock: Are You in Control of Your Drinking?
The following survey was developed by A.A. members, come to terms with their alcohol abuse. They gave up trying to control their drinking and hated to admit that they could never drink safely. Then they heard from other A.A. members that we were sick. and found out that many people suffered from the same feelings of guilt and loneliness and hopelessness that they did. They found out that their feelings stemmed from their disease of alcoholism.
They decided to try and face up to what alcohol had done to them. Here are some of the questions the A.A. members tried to answer honestly. If they answered YES to four or more questions, they knew they were in deep trouble with their drinking. See how you do. Remember, there is no disgrace in facing up to the fact that you have a problem.
Answer YES or NO to the following questions.
1. Have you ever decided to stop drinking for a week or so, but only lasted for a couple of days? Yes or No Most of those in A.A. made all kinds of promises to themselves and to their families but could not keep them. Then they went to A.A. and hear the phrase "Just try not to drink today." (If you do not drink today, you cannot get drunk today.)
2. Do you wish people would mind their own business about your drinking stop telling you what to do? Yes or No In A.A. members aren't told what to do. They just talk about our their drinking, the trouble they got into, and how they stopped.
3. Have you ever switched from one kind of drink to another in the hope that this would keep you from getting drunk? Yes or No The A.A. members tried all kinds of ways: making drinks weak, just drinking beer, or not drinking cocktails. Or they only drank on weekends. You name it, they tried it. But if they drank anything with alcohol in it, they usually got drunk eventually.
4. Have you had to have an eye-opener upon awakening during the past year? Yes or No Do you need a drink to get started, or to stop shaking? This is a pretty sure sign that you are not drinking "socially."
5. Do you envy people who can drink without getting into trouble? Yes or No At one time or another, most A.A. members have wondered why they were not like most people, who really can take it or leave it.
6. Have you had problems connected with drinking during the past year? Yes or No Be honest! Doctors say that if you have a problem with alcohol and keep on drinking, it will get worse never better. Eventually, you will die, or end up in an institution for the rest of your life. The only hope is to stop drinking.
7. Has your drinking caused trouble at home? Yes or No Before getting into A.A., most of members said that it was the people or problems at home that made them drink. They could not see that their drinking just made everything worse. It never solved problems anywhere or anytime.
8. Do you ever try to get "extra" drinks at a party because you do not get enough? Yes or No Most A.A. members used to have a "few" before starting out if they thought it was going to be that kind of party. And if drinks were not served fast enough, we would go some place else to get more.
9. Do you tell yourself you can stop drinking any time you want to, even though you keep getting drunk when you don't mean to? Yes or No Many A.A. members kidded themselves into thinking that they drank because they wanted to. After coming into A.A., they found out that once they started to drink, they couldn't stop.
10. Have you missed days of work or school because of drinking? Yes or No Many A.A. members admit that they "called in sick" lots of times when the truth was that they were hung-over or drunk.
11. Do you have "blackouts"? Yes or No A "blackout" is when you have been drinking hours or days which you cannot remember. When members came to A.A., they found out that this is a pretty sure sign of alcoholic drinking.
12. Have you ever felt that your life would be better if you did not drink? Yes or No Many A.A. members started to drink because drinking made life seem better, at least for a while. By the time they got into A.A., they felt trapped drinking to live and living to drink. They were sick and tired of being sick and tired.
Did you answer YES four or more times? If so, you are probably in trouble with alcohol. Why do we say this? Because thousands of people in A.A. have said so for many years. They found out the truth about themselves the hard way. But again, only you can decide whether you think A.A. is for you. Try to keep an open mind on the subject. If the answer is YES, we will be glad to show you how we stopped drinking ourselves. Just call. A.A. does not promise to solve your life's problems. But we can show you how we are learning to live without drinking "one day at a time." We stay away from that "first drink." If there is no first one, there cannot be a tenth one. And when we got rid of alcohol, we found that life became much more manageable.
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMO USA is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism.
The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. There are no dues or fees for A.A. membership; we are self-supporting through our own contributions.
A.A. is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization or institution; does not wish to engage in any controversy; neither endorses nor opposes any causes.
A.A.'s primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety.