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In Connecticut, more than 17% of adults admit to binge drinking on a weekly basis. The Constitution State does have a lower percentage of binge drinkers than the national average, more than 1,750 people die from alcohol-related deaths each year. For those impacted, AA meetings in Connecticut offer hope, to, as the state’s name suggests, connect with family and communities and cut ties with the demon in the bottle.

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Connecticut may have a lower rate of binge drinking, but the state remains above average in terms of alcohol consumption. The National Survey on Drug Use and Health has noted that up to 60% of Connecticut residents ages 12 and older have reported 30 day alcohol use. High alcohol consumption can take its toll not only on clients’ individual health, but can devastate communities and families. Policymakers and local leaders have prioritized the strategies to strengthen prevention support and reduce relapses.

Alcoholism Statistics in Connecticut

  • In Connecticut, young adults ages 18-25 comprise the largest age group that binge drinks, with nearly 30% admitting to binge drinking in a 30 day period.
  • In 2021, 112 Connecticut residents were killed in drunk driving accidents, which represented 40% of automobile fatalities for that year.
  • Excessive alcohol use costs Connecticut nearly $3.03 billion in loss labor productivity.
  • Clients spend an average of $57,667 on drug recovery treatment, which places Connecticut in the top quartile of addiction rehab.

Popular Types of AA Meetings in Connecticut

The costs of drinking are high, but fighting alcohol use disorder also comes with a large price tag. Fortunately, AA meetings have proven successful in deterring clients from hitting the bottle. These programs are community-based, have no costs to enroll or participate, and can create life-long alliances to remain sober. Below are some common types of meetings first-time clients can experience when entering AA.

  • Discussion: The most common type of meeting, discussion meetings give each person a chance to share their experiences, thoughts, and feelings before the group. Discussions allow members to get to know each other, offer each other support, and reflect on others’ ideas and feedback in a judgment-free environment.
  • Open Meetings: As the name implies, anyone, even non-drinkers, can attend an open meeting, not just group members. Open meetings allow the public to observe the proceedings, offer peer support to loved ones, and build resilience together. At some point in the meeting, the AA group will generally have a community forum, where non-members will have a chance to make their voices heard in a constructive manner.
  • Tradition Study: Tradition studies center on the AA as a living and growing organization. Members have an opportunity to discuss how the organization operates, ways it can improve, and how it can better serve the community. Tradition studies enable members to see themselves as part of a larger movement and to reflect on how AA’s vision aligns with their own goals.
  • Speaker meetings: In speaker meetings, outside motivational speakers address the group. These speakers often have AA backgrounds and know first-hand the challenges of recovering from alcohol dependency. Speakers have different styles, including humor, spirituality and faith, and emotions to reinforce members’ sobriety.

Online AA Meetings

Not all meetings take place in-person. Many meetings have hybrid and online versions, where some or all members can meet via the internet. Members who have limited transportation or set schedules may find it convenient to meet online from their homes, and some online meetings can include virtual resources and assistance, such as smartphone apps or online directories, that they can immediately access. 

Online formats can also assist minority members, such as non-English speakers or the LGBTQ+ community, to find or create a region/county-wide group that reflects their backgrounds. That way, they can comfortably meet and communicate with their peers in a safe space free from judgment. As with any online group, however, members should exercise caution when disclosing personal information, and should take steps to remain safe at all times.

Resources for Alcohol Addiction in Connecticut

When reaching out for the first time, or recovering from a relapse, clients and their loved ones have many no-cost AA resources to choose from. 12-step meetings have assisted millions of members and alumni continue to remain committed to their recovery. These resources include:


Connecticut’s Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services offers a directory for state resources and outside treatment programs for youths, adults, seniors, and specialized groups. Services include client advocacy, prevention programs, social services, and collegiate resources.

Drug Free CT

This organization focuses on preventive measures to deter addiction. The group provides education resources, medications such as naloxone, acamprosate, and disulfiram to reduce the effects of alcohol intake, and harm reduction strategies. Resources are available for opioids, tobacco, and other substances, including a hotline.


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