A.A. Around the World

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A.A. is available around the world in various countries and languages

Today, an A.A. presence can be found in approximately 180 nations worldwide, with membership estimated at over two million. There are more than 123,000 A.A. groups around the world and A.A.’s literature has been translated into over 100 languages.

Need literature in other languages?

Literature in English, Spanish and French is posted in PDF format on this website. Readers can print one copy for personal use. A selection of translated books, booklets, pamphlets and other materials is available for purchase via our online bookstore.

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Contact A.A. outside of the U.S and Canada

Many countries have their own general service office that can guide you to meeting lists and literature relevant to your location and language. If you live outside the U.S. or Canada, your best A.A. resource will most likely be a local office within your country.

The World Service Meeting

Since its inauguration in 1969, the World Service Meeting (WSM) has provided an ongoing international forum for shared experience and ideas on carrying the A.A. message of recovery from alcoholism. Held biennially, the event alternates 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; Warsaw, Poland; and Durban, South Africa. Participating countries select delegates to attend this meeting.

The primary purpose of the World Service Meeting is the same as that of all A.A. activity: to carry the message of recovery to the alcoholic who still suffers, wherever in the world they may be, whatever language they may speak. The World Service Meeting seeks ways and means of accomplishing this goal by serving as a forum for sharing the experience, strength and hope of WSM delegates who come together every two years from all parts of the world.

Described as a living and growing exchange of experience responding to the needs of A.A. worldwide, WSM sessions cover a broad range of issues pertinent to the development of A.A. in participating countries.

World Service Meeting Report

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A detailed report of the biennial World Service Meeting includes presentations, country service highlights, committee reports, reports of interim and zonal meetings and workshop summaries.

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