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Alcoholics Anonymous

Alcoholics Anonymous® is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism.

  • The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. There are no dues or fees for AA membership; we are self-supporting through our own contributions.
  • A.A. is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization or institution; does not wish to engage in any controversy; neither endorses nor opposes any causes.
  • Our primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety.

Reprinted with permission of The A.A. Grapevine, Inc.

Preamble

Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of of people who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism.

The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. There are no dues or fees for A.A. membership; we are self-supporting through our own contributions. A.A. is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization or institution; does not wish to engage in any controversy; neither endorses nor opposes any causes.

Our primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety.

The Twelve Questions

If sobriety were easy, everyone would do it.

Only you can decide whether you want to give Alcoholics Anonymous a try–whether you think it can help you.

We who are in A.A. came because we finally gave up trying to control our drinking. We still hated to admit that we could never drink safely. Then we heard from other A.A. members that we were sick. (We thought so for years!) We found out that many people suffered from the same feelings of guilt and loneliness and hopelessness that we did. We found out that we had these feelings because we had the disease of alcoholism. We decided to try to face up to what alcohol had done to us.

World Services provides a Twelve Question Self Assessment that can help you decide if A.A. and/or sobriety might be right for you. We tried to contemplate these questions and answer them honestly.

The Twelve Steps

A.A.’s Twelve Steps are a group of principles, spiritual in their nature, which, if practiced as a way of life, can expel the obsession to drink and enable the sufferer to become happily and usefully whole.

World Services maintains a copy of The Twelve Steps.

The Twelve Traditions

A.A.’s Twelve Traditions apply to the life of the Fellowship itself. They outline the means by which A.A. maintains its unity and relates itself to the world about it–the way it lives and grows.

World Services maintains a copy of The Twelve Traditions.

The Twelve Concepts

I Am Responsible. When anyone, anywhere, reaches out for help, I want the hand of AA always to be there. For that: I Am Responsible.

The Twelve Concepts for World Service were written by A.A.’s co-founder Bill W., and were adopted by the General Service Conference of Alcoholics Anonymous in 1962. The Concepts are an interpretation of A.A.’s world service structure as it emerged through A.A.’s early history and experience.

World Services maintains a copy of The Twelve Concepts.

The Big Book

The first 164 pages of The Big Book are the nuts and bolts of our program. They provide directions to get sober. It explains the principles we need to live by in order to stay sober.

The stories following the first 164 are a combination of old and new stories of other men and women who suffered from alcoholism but have found sobriety.

Additionally, Grapevine maintains a collection of Personal Stories submitted by other A.A.’s.