What is AA?

Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of people who come together to solve their drinking problem. It doesn’t cost anything to attend AA meetings. There are no age or education requirements to participate. Membership is open to anyone who wants to do something about their drinking problem.

AA’s primary purpose is to help alcoholics to achieve sobriety.

How AA works: 

Members use the Twelve Steps to maintain sobriety. Groups use the Twelve Traditions to stay unified.

AA’s Twelve Steps are a set of spiritual principles. When practiced as a way of life, they can expel the obsession to drink and enable the sufferer to recover from alcoholism.

The Twelve Traditions apply to AA as a whole. They outline how AA maintains its unity and relates itself to the world around it.

The book Alcoholics Anonymous describes the AA program of recovery. It also contains stories written by the co-founders and stories from a wide range of members who have found recovery in AA.

Explore the Program:

Who Are AA members?

We are people who have discovered and admitted that we cannot control alcohol. We have learned that we must live without it to live normal, happy lives.

We are not anti-alcohol and we have no wish to reform the world. We are not allied with any group, cause, or religious denomination. We welcome new members, but we do not recruit them.

We do not impose our experience with problem drinking on others, but we do share it when we are asked to do so. We know our own sobriety depends on connecting with other alcoholics.

Recommended Resources:

This is AA

This pamphlet describes who AAs are and what we have learned about alcoholism.

FAQs About AA

This pamphlet answers many of the common questions people have about alcoholism and AA.

Info on AA

Information for people who may have a drinking problem. Also useful for those in contact with such people.