About AA

We find the best way to explain what Alcoholics Anonymous is about is this short statement called “The Preamble” that is read at every meeting.

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, organisation or institution; does not wish to enter into any controversy, neither endorses nor opposes any causes. Our primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety.

Reprinted by permission of AA Grapevine Inc. New York, NY, USA.

To understand a little more about Alcoholism read “More about alcoholism” reproduced from the book Alcoholics Anonymous written in 1939 to “show other alcoholics precisely how we have recovered”

The AA programme of recovery is based on the principle of an alcoholic who no longer drinks being able to help another alcoholic. An alcoholic in recovery will pass on the story of their own problem drinking, describe the sobriety they have found in AA and invite the newcomer to join the informal fellowship of AA.

There are Open meetings where anyone interested in knowing more about AA can attend and also Closed meetings which are for people who think, or know, that they have a problem with drinking. You can read more about AA Meetings.

The heart of the programme of recovery is in The Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous. These are a group of principles which are spiritual in nature and that if practised as a way of life, can expel the obsession to drink and enable the sufferer to be happy, useful and whole.

If you are worried about your drinking then please read – Is AA For You ?

The Twelve Traditions of Alcoholics Anonymous outline the means by which AA maintains its unity and relates to the world around it, the way it lives and grows.