A message for young people from AA

How to tell when your drinking has become a problem

Alcoholism is an illness. It can hit anyone: young, old; rich, poor; black, white. Alcoholics aren't just those old guys sitting on park benches. Young successful people can ruin their lives with alcohol too.

It doesn't matter how long you've been drinking, what you've been drinking or even how much. It's what drinking does to you that counts.

See if you have any similarities with the young alcoholics in these videos:


Listen to a stories from young recovering alcoholic in AA

12 questions to help you decide

To help you decide whether you might have a problem with your own drinking, we've prepared these 12 questions. The answers are nobody's business but your own.

  1. Do you drink because you have problems? To relax?
  2. Do you drink when you get mad at other people, your friends or parents?
  3. Do you prefer to drink alone, rather than with others?
  4. Are your grades starting to slip? Are you making a mess of your job?
  5. Did you ever try to stop drinking or drink less – and fail?
  6. Have you begun to drink in the morning, before school or work?
  7. Do you gulp your drinks?
  8. Do you ever have loss of memory due to your drinking?
  9. Do you lie about your drinking?
  10. Do you ever get into trouble when you’re drinking?
  11. Do you get drunk when you drink, even when you don't mean to?
  12. Do you think it's cool to be able to hold your liquor?

If you can answer yes to any one of these questions, maybe it's time you took a serious look at what your drinking might be doing to you. If you do need help or if you'd just like to talk to someone about your drinking, contact us.

AA Young People's Conventions

Young people in AA organise regular AA Conventions - for people of all ages to attend and participate - to carry the message of AA to all - and especially to newcomers.

More details are listed at the coming events page.