Frequently Asked Questions

  • Q: Do I have to sign up or register to attend AA meetings?

A: Just show up. If you have a drinking problem, you are welcome to attend any meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous held anywhere in the world! You don’t need to have a doctor’s note, court order, or bring a drinking resume with you. In order to attend an AA meeting all you have to do is show up.

  • Q: How much does it cost?

A: There are no dues or fees for AA membership or attendance at meetings. However, we are fully self-supporting through our own contributions  and a collection basket is passed for AA members to have an opportunity to make a voluntary contribute towards the expenses of the group (e.g. room rent, coffee, literature supplies, etc). No one, not even AA members, is obliged to contribute.

  • Q: Is AA a religious organization?

A: No. AA is not allied or affiliated with any religious organization.

  • Q: I’m not sure if I’m an alcoholic. How can I tell?

A: Take the 20 Questions test here. Answer them as honestly as you can. If you are still unconvinced, you are welcome to attend any AA meeting to see if you identify with us.

  • Q: I’m not an alcoholic, but I’d like to know more about AA. Can I attend a meeting?

A: You are welcome to any AA meeting listed as an “OPEN” format. Any meeting online or in our directory is open, unless it is designated as closed. In our directory the closed meetings will have a [C] next to the name of the meeting. Online closed meetings information is indicated when click on the meeting name.

  • Q: What if I see someone I know at an AA meeting?

A: They will be there for the same reason you are. They will not disclose your identity to outsiders. At AA you retain as much anonymity as you wish. That is why it is called Alcoholics ANONYMOUS.

  • Q: If I go to an AA meeting, does that commit me to anything?

A: AA does not keep membership files or attendance records. You don’t have to reveal anything about yourself. No one will bother you if you choose to not come back.

  • Q: How do I become a member of AA?

A: You are a member if and when you SAY you are a member. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking… and many of us were not even very sure of that when we first approached AA!

Peoria Area Intergroup Association