The court judges, a Dr. of medicine, counselors, social workers, all have a lot to answer for with the non alcoholics in AA. Sometimes offenders of the law receive sentences through the courts to attend AA meetings.
Health workers and others are taking it upon themselves to lumber AA members with people who have problems other than alcohol.
They may not realise that just because someone gets into trouble with the law and the offense could be alcohol related, this does not mean that the offenders are alcoholics.
What an alkie is – It is someone who is allergic to alcohol. Someone getting on with their life. They have dreams and ambitions and all is going well until they take a drink, and then their whole life changes. That’s because the alcohol affects their personality by making them into someone they are not. This effect then leads them into living a dud lifestyle simply because of the affect alcohol has on them.
These other people, the non alcoholics in AA, are people who are drinking for a reason – their husband left them, or they have lost their job, or a family member has died and they drink and drink to drown their sorrows and eventually the alcohol takes its toll. It affects the frontal lobe of the brain so that they end up in the condition the alcoholic starts off in – life is out of control, and unable to stay stopped from drinking, they have a personality change because of the effects of alcohol.
The others who turn up are people with problems other than alcohol. They are the sex offenders, or the dangerous criminal types who are prone to the behaviour they exhibit whether drunk or sober. When these non alcoholics drink a lot they cannot control themselves and so their crimes and behavious becomes more dangerous and more out of control. This is why they end up in AA. They have been sent by the judges, or a probation service, or some well meaning family member or counselor.
On the other hand the alcoholics base personality is unlike any of these people who are being sent.
Alcoholics seldom end up in prison for violent crimes or sex offences. They have been known to be up on a charge but usually this is for breach of the peace or for being unable to look after themselves.
There are also the mentally ill or mentally impaired who are a danger to themselves when they drink and end up homeless, on the streets etc – they can be sent to AA by the social workers, etc.
The dangers for the alcoholic in AA is that it has become routine for people to say “we” “we are all the same” “we are like this” – when we are not. It is vitally important that an alcoholic knows that AA has been set up for people like them – allergic to alcohol – one drink is too many and a thousand is not enough types. Who when they take the first drink they are off and running usually straight into blackout drinking that causes them mental instability afterwards. From the first drink alcohol sends them nuts and they do not start out that way.