For anyone new to A.A.
This information is both for people who may have a drinking problem and for those in contact with people who have, or are suspected of having, a problem with alcohol. Most of the information is available in more detail in literature published by A.A. World Services, Inc. A few links are given on the left side of this page. This tells you what to expect from Alcoholics Anonymous. It describes what A.A. is, what A.A. does, and what A.A. does not do.
What is A.A.?
Alcoholics Anonymous is an international fellowship of men and women who have had a drinking problem. It is nonprofessional, self-supporting, nondenominational, multiracial, apolitical, and available almost everywhere. There are no age or education requirements. Membership is open to anyone who wants to do something about his or her drinking problem.
What Does A.A. Do?
Singleness of Purpose and Problems Other than Alcohol
Alcoholism and drug addiction are often referred to as "substance abuse" or "chemical dependency." Alcoholics and nonalcoholics are, therefore, sometimes introduced to A.A. and encouraged to attend A.A. meetings. Anyone may attend open A.A. meetings. But only those with a desire to stop drinking may attend closed meetings or become A.A. members. It is suggested that people with problems other than alcoholism seek help from other methods.
What A.A. Does Not Do
A.A. does not: