Alcoholics Anonymous to Hold 25th World Service Meeting

To Newspapers/Wire Services

October 3, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Delegates representing Alcoholics Anonymous from around the world will gather for A.A.’s 25th World Service Meeting (WSM) at the Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani Hotel in Durban, South Africa, October 7-11, 2018. Hosted by the trustees of the General Service Board of Alcoholics Anonymous in the U.S. and Canada, the event will bring together over 60 delegates from more than 40 different countries or linguistic zones around the world.

Since its inauguration in 1969, the WSM has provided a continuing international forum for shared experience and ideas on carrying the A.A. message of recovery from alcoholism. The event alternates biennially between New York and other locations around the globe, and has convened in such diverse cities as Cartagena, Colombia; Auckland, New Zealand; Oviedo, Spain; Malahide, Ireland; Mexico City, Mexico; and Warsaw, Poland.

Over the past four decades, the WSM has succeeded in bringing together far- flung A.A. service centers and reflects a final vision of A.A.’s co-founder Bill W., who believed there could be “one world of A.A.” to assure that help would always be available for sick alcoholics wherever they might be or whatever language they might speak.

Today, an A.A. presence can be found in more than 180 nations worldwide, with membership estimated at over two million. There are more than 120,000 A.A. groups around the world and A.A.’s literature has been translated into languages as diverse as Afrikaans, Arabic, Hindi, Nepali, Persian, Swahili, and Vietnamese, among many others. A.A.'s program of recovery from alcoholism has been proven to cut across all boundaries of culture, race, gender, sexual orientation, belief or non-belief, to reach suffering alcoholics of every description.

Tracing its beginnings back to 1935 and the connection that was forged between two alcoholics, Bill W., a stockbroker from New York City, and Dr. Bob S., a physician from Akron, Ohio, the Fellowship of A.A. has grown literally around the world.

The General Service Office in New York City will be coordinating the WSM.

For more information, contact the International desk at the General Service Office at international@aa.org or (212) 870-3021

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