Asked by: Yaneli Main
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Can I go to an AA meeting if I'm not an alcoholic?

Can I go to Alcoholics Anonymous meetings without being an alcoholic (don't drink at all)? Yes. The only meeting that the public( non-alcoholics) can attend are called open meetings. This particular meeting is for family, friends that want to learn about the disease of alcoholism.

Also to know is, can you join AA if you're not an alcoholic?

An open meeting of A.A. is a group meeting that any member of the community, alcoholic or non- alcoholic, may attend. A closed meeting is for A.A. members only, or for those who have a drinking problem and have a desire to stop drinking.

Subsequently, question is, how many days a week do you have to drink to be considered an alcoholic? For healthy adults in general, drinking more than these single-day or weekly limits is considered "at-risk" or "heavy" drinking: Men: More than 4 drinks on any day or 14 per week. Women: More than 3 drinks on any day or 7 per week.

Herein, what considers you to be an alcoholic?

However, alcoholism refers to an alcohol addiction or dependence, where the individual has a physical or psychological compulsion to drink alcohol. Binge drinking – Binge drinking is drinking a large amount of alcohol at one time. For men, it's defined as five or more drinks within two hours.

Is it true once an alcoholic always an alcoholic?

We understand now, that once a person has crossed the invisible line from heavy drinking to compulsive alcoholic drinking, they will always remain alcoholic. “Once an alcoholicalways an alcoholic” is a simple fact we have to live with.

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