Frequently Asked Questions

Below there are frequently asked questions arranged by category.

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…
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…
We encourage members to purchase literature and contribute online, where we accept all major credit/debit cards and PayPal. Members may also order…
Group membership requires no formal application. As stated in Tradition Three, “The only requirement for A.A. membership is a desire to stop drinking…
Yes, if full-face photographs and other easily identifiable photos of A.A. members (who are described as A.A. members) are published or broadcast,…
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…
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…
To help support A.A.’s essential services, the General Service Conference suggests that individual groups, through an informed group conscience,…
Archivists are responsible for collecting, arranging, preserving and providing access to permanent historical records of enduring value, not writing…
We do not maintain any membership lists, including lists of early members. It is difficult to piece together an accurate list of early members with…
Most A.A.s are sociable people, a factor that may have been partially responsible for their becoming alcoholics in the first place. As a consequence…
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…