Are you alcoholic? How to diagnose yourself!
When I first came to A.A., I had difficulty identifying as an alcoholic.
One of the areas where I had the most difficulty would come up when I would be sitting in an A.A. discussion meeting, and listening to the sharing of other alcoholics.
I had heard that I should attempt to relate and identify to the things that were similar for me and not to compare the things that were different from me. That seemed like an odd-ball concept. Why was I supposed to disregard some of the information and highly regard the other information?
I heard that I should attend many meetings â€“ and attempt to identify with the similarities rather than compare the differences. I tried that, too. I became more confused.
I already had a pre-concieved idea of what an alcoholic was. For me, my idea was â€œan alcoholic is like those winos that Iâ€™ve seen sitting in the park, all dirty, wearing many layers of clothing, smelly, hadnâ€™t bathed in a long time, long straggly hair, unshaven faces, and most often drinking wine from bottles that were covered with a brown paper bag.â€