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Information on Alcoholics Anonymous

aalogo“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. AA 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.”

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The purpose of the General Service Office is to receive, distribute and follow up on 12 step calls, to answer inquiries about AA, to cooperate with local public information committees, maintain information about local hospitals and recovery facilities for alcoholics, to provide local AA meeting lists, to provide a newsletter, and to order, sell and distribute AA conference approved literature.

The following AA General Service Conference-approved literature and other information regarding AA is available at the General Service Office Website or through AA World Services, Inc.; P.O. Box 459; Grand Central Station; New York, NY 10163.


AA Pamphlet - This Is A.A. - An introduction to the A.A. recovery program   AA Pamphlet - Frequently Asked Questions About AA   AA Pamphlet - A Newcomer Asks   AA Pamphlet - Is There an Alcoholic in Your Life?


b-1_bigbookSince the book Alcoholics Anonymous first appeared in 1939, this basic text has helped millions of men and women recover from alcoholism.

Currently available in the General Service Conference-approved Fourth Edition, the Big Book contains the stories of the co-founders, as well as many members of diverse backgrounds who have found recovery in the worldwide Fellowship.



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.


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.