Only people can decide for themselves that they are alcoholic but there are clear signs that can indicate someone has a drinking problem that is more than just heavy drinking.
AA members are people who have admitted they are powerless over their own drinking and that is difference between alcoholics and heavy drinkers.

Read more: Are they an alcoholic?

A.A. is set up to help alcoholics who have a desire to stop drinking.  If an individual’s drinking is causing you problems, or you have issues with an individual who drinks, then you can suggest they approach A.A. by either contacting us on 0800 2296757 or by attending a meeting.

If you are seeking help on how you deal with their drinking, then you should contact Al-Anon www.al-anon.org.nz. Al-Anon Family Groups consist of relatives and friends of alcoholics who, by banding together, can better solve their common problem.

If an individual repeatedly drinks more than they intend or want to, if they get into trouble, or if they have memory lapses when they drink, they may be an alcoholic. If they want to control their drinking but can't, then alcoholism is a definite possibility. But as far as AA is concerned, it is up to the individual to decide whether they're an alcoholic. You can suggest they approach A.A. by either contacting us on 0800 2296757 or by attending a meeting.

Read more: What is an alcoholic?
 

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