Do you even have a problem with alcohol?
There are several signs that a person may have a problem with alcohol addiction, also known as alcoholism. These can include:
Drinking more or for longer periods of time than intended: If a person is unable to control their drinking or frequently consumes more alcohol than they intended to, this can be a sign of addiction.
Experiencing withdrawal symptoms: If a person experiences physical symptoms such as tremors, sweating, or nausea when they stop drinking or try to cut back, this can be a sign of addiction.
Neglecting responsibilities: If a person’s alcohol consumption is causing them to neglect their work, school, or family responsibilities, this can be a sign of a problem.
Continuing to drink despite negative consequences: If a person continues to drink despite experiencing problems in their relationships, financial difficulties, or legal issues as a result of their drinking, this can be a sign of addiction.
Prioritising drinking over other activities: If a person consistently chooses to drink alcohol over engaging in other activities or hobbies, this can be a sign of addiction.
If you are concerned that you or someone you know may have a problem with alcohol addiction, it is important to seek help from a healthcare professional. They can help you determine the best course of action for addressing the problem and getting on the road to recovery.
What takes place at a meeting?
Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) is a 12-step program for people who are struggling with alcohol addiction. AA meetings are held in a variety of locations and at different times, and they are open to anyone who is interested in recovering from alcoholism.
At an AA meeting, attendees share their experiences with alcohol addiction and their recovery journey with one another. The goal of these meetings is to provide a supportive and understanding environment where people can find hope and help in overcoming their addiction.
During an AA meeting, a person known as the “chairperson” or “facilitator” will lead the meeting and guide the conversation. Attendees are encouraged to share their thoughts and feelings, but there is no pressure to do so. The meetings are based on the principles of confidentiality and anonymity, so attendees are not required to reveal their full names or personal information.
AA meetings often begin with a reading from AA literature, such as the “How it Works,” which is excerpted from the organisation’s central text. The chairperson may then ask for volunteers to share their experiences or lead a discussion on a specific topic related to recovery.
Some meetings may also include a guest speaker or a presentation on a particular aspect of the recovery process.
Overall, the purpose of AA meetings is to provide a safe and supportive space for people to share their experiences and learn from one another as they work towards recovery from alcohol addiction.
Meetings of English Language AA in Munich
The history of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) in Munich, Germany dates back to 1948, when a Munich AA group registered with AA in New York.
From 1954, both English and German language AA meetings were listed in the International Directory.
In the 1970s, the Munich International AA group changed its name from the Munich American group to better reflect the diverse makeup of its members, which included Germans, Scots, and Spaniards in addition to Americans.
In 1980, the group started additional meetings on Monday and Friday evenings. By 1981, there were three English-language AA meetings held each week in Munich. In 1982, a Sunday afternoon step meeting was added.
The group has continued to grow and holds meetings in various areas of the city every day.
Unlike meetings of our American counterparts, meetings tend to be much smaller, ranging is size from 5-25 participants.
Use the links above to find where the meeting(s) take place this evening.
Impact of the COVID-19 on AA in Munich
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) meetings around the world, as many in-person meetings were suspended or restricted due to public health concerns. In response, many AA groups turned to online platforms such as Zoom to hold virtual meetings.
Online AA meetings turned out to be a life-saving resource for people in recovery, providing a way for people to continue to connect with others in recovery and find support in their journey towards sobriety.
Online meetings organised by AA Munich Online (this group) can be found here: Today’s online Meetings