Frequently Asked Questions

Below there are frequently asked questions arranged by category.

Reasons for starting a new group vary, but the ways to go about it are basically the same. Important to establishing an A.A. group is the need for…
Group membership requires no formal application. As stated in Tradition Three, “The only requirement for A.A. membership is a desire to stop drinking…
Group problems are often evidence of a healthy, desirable diversity of opinion among group members. They give us a chance, in the words of Step…
As stated in A.A.'s Responsibility Pledge, “I am responsible … when anyone, anywhere, reaches out for help, I want the hand of A.A. always to be…
You are an A.A. member if and when you say so. The only requirement for A.A. membership is a desire to stop drinking, and many of us were not very…
A.A. members don’t have to attend any set number of meetings in a given period. It is purely a matter of individual preference and need. Most members…
Individual A.A. members and A.A. groups may make a contribution to benefit GSO online or by mail. In keeping with A.A.’s tradition of self-support,…
Email archives@aa.org and we can assist in compiling a history of your group. Please note that the amount of information the GSO Archives holds on…
Individual A.A. members and A.A. groups may make a contribution to benefit GSO online or by mail. In keeping with A.A.’s tradition of self-support,…
To help support A.A.’s essential services, the General Service Conference suggests that individual groups, through an informed group conscience,…
There is a “Contact us” link at the bottom of every page provides information on how to contact GSO Clicking on “Contact us” takes you to a page…
In our experience, the people who recover in A.A. are those who: a) stay away from the first drink; b) attend A.A. meetings regularly; c) seek out…