Attending An Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting Essay examples

1676 Words Nov 9th, 2015 7 Pages
Prior to attending an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting, I had little knowledge of what actually went on at these meetings. I obviously knew it was for people who identified that they had a drinking problem and wanted to get help, but I did not know the specifics. My Grandfather on my Dad’s side of the family was involved with AA and attended meetings right up until he passed away. Another one of my Dad’s friends who has been arrested multiple times for alcohol related problems also attends these meetings. My previous knowledge of these meeting came from my conversations with them and my Dad. However, I till retained a limited sense of what actually went on because I did not feel it was my place to ask pointed questions about the meetings and their problems. The AA meeting that I went to was held at Ascension Church located in Worcester, and it was certainly an interesting experience for me. I tend to associate alcoholism as more of a male disease for some reason, likely because of the portrayal of neglectful fathers in a lot of television and movies. However, I was surprised at the number of women that were at the meeting. There was definitely more males at the meeting, but it was not as overwhelming as I was expecting it to be. In terms of age, it was not dominated by any single age group, while middle aged people probably had the most of any group, there were young people and older people still in attendance. I was also expecting the meeting to be a rather small…

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