As an organization, Alcoholics Anonymous has done society a lot of good by helping people overcome their dependency on alcohol. But apparently, its message had not quite reached one woman who was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated on her way home from an AA meeting.

The woman, who is now facing charges of DUI, came to the attention of police after a man who had been at the AA meeting with the woman called them around 2 p.m. on a recent Thursday to say that she was driving erratically and had struck a telephone pole.

By the time police met up with the woman, she had parked at a convenience store. She claimed she had not been drinking, but police found an almost empty bottle of mouthwash (which often contains alcohol) and a cup with Irish Cream inside in her vehicle. Naturally, that cast suspicion on her assertion that she was sober.

The woman has now been charged with DUI, improper driving and violating the terms of her probationary license.

Anyone who has ever tried to overcome a bad habit knows that relapses sometimes happen. It is unfortunate, but it is also true. By going to AA, this woman has demonstrated that she knows the way she treats alcohol is wrong and is trying to do something to overcome it. Problems like an alcohol dependency do not get solved overnight. It simply takes awhile. Hopefully, this woman can make it clear that she is working on her issues.

Source: The Athens Banner-Herald, "Woman leaving AA charged with DUI," Dec. 15, 2011