About AA - A.A at a glance

What is A.A.?

Alcoholics Anonymous is a voluntary, worldwide fellowhsip of men and women from all walks of life who meet together to attain and maintain sobriety. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. There are no dues or fees for A.A. membership

Current Membership

It is extimated that there are more than 117,000 groups and over 2,000,000 members in over 180 countries

Relations With Outside Agencies

The Fellowship has adopted a policy of "cooperation but not affiliation with other organizations conerned with the problem of alcoholism. We have no opinion on issues outside A.A. and neither endorse nor oppose any causes.

How A.A. Is Supported

Over the years, Alcoholics anonymous has affirmed and strengthened a tradition of being fully self-Supporting and of neither seeking nor accepting contributions from nonmembers. Within the fellowship the amount that may be contributed by any inidividual member is limited to $3,000 a year.

How A.A. Members Maintain Sobriety

A.A. is program of of total abstinence. Members simply stay away from one drink, one day at a time. Sobriety is maintained through sharing experience, strength, and hope at group meeetings and through the suggested Twelve Steps for recovery from alcoholism.

Why Alcoholics Anonymous is "Anonymous"

Anonymity is the spiritual foundatioon fo A.A. It disciplines the Fellowship to govern itself by principles rather than personalities. We are a society of peers. We strive to make known our program of reecovery, not individuals who participate in the program. Anonymity in the public media is assurance to all A.A.s, especially to newcomers, that their A.A. membership will not be disclosed

Anyone May Attend A.A. Meetings

Anyone may attend open meetings of A.A. These usually consist of talks by a leader and two or three speakers who share experience as it relates to their alcoholism and their recovery in A.A. Some meetings are held for the specific purpose of informing the non-alcoholic public aout A.A. Doctors, members of the clergy, and public officials are invited. Closed Discussion meetings are for alcoholics only.

How A.A. Started

A.A. was started in 1935 by a New York stockbroker and an Ohio Surgeon (both now deceased), who had been "hopeless" drunks. They founded A.A. in an effort to help others who suffered from the disease of alcoholism and to stay sober themselves. A.A. grew with the formation of autonomous groups. first in United Stattes and then around the World

How You Can Find A.A. In Your Town

Look for "Alcoholics Anonymous" in any telephone directory. In most urban areas, a central A.A. office , or "intergroup," staffed mainly by volunteer A.A.s will be happy to answer your questions and/or put you in touch with those who can.

What A.A. Does Not Do

A.A. does not: Keep membership records or case histories...engage in or support research ...join"councils" or social agencies (although A.A. members, groups and service offices fequently cooperate with them)...follow up or try to control its members...make medical or psychiatric prognoses or dispense medicines or psychiatric advise...provide drying-out or nursing services or sanitariums...offer religious services...provide drying-out or nursing services or sanitariums...offer religious services...provide housing, food, clothing, jobs, money, or other welfare or social services...provide domestic or vocational counseling...provide letters of reference to parole boards, lawyers, court officials, social agencies, emplyers, etc.