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, usually at the end of meetings, a collection basket is passed for AA members to have an opportunity to 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. And/or take the 12 Question 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. Open meetings are noted as such in the online meeting directory here.
  • 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!
  • Q: I have a friend who drinks too much. What can I do to help them stop?

    A: Very little. Until an alcoholic wants to stop drinking, not much can be done to help them. However, as soon as they express a desire to stop drinking, you could give them the contact info for AA and suggest they call us. In the meantime, we urge the relatives and friends of problem drinkers to contact Al-Anon for further information and assistance. The number to call in Vancouver is 604-688-1716