Frequently Asked Questions

Below there are frequently asked questions arranged by category.

To help support A.A.’s essential services, the General Service Conference suggests that individual groups, through an informed group conscience,…
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…
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…
We encourage members to purchase literature and contribute online, where we accept all major credit/debit cards and PayPal. Members may also order…
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…
Archivists are responsible for collecting, arranging, preserving and providing access to permanent historical records of enduring value, not writing…
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…
No. Each A.A. entity — group, district, area, central office and GSO — provides a specific service and is autonomous. Contributions should be made…
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…
We in A.A. believe there is no such thing as a cure for alcoholism. We can never return to normal drinking, and our ability to stay away from alcohol…