Today, an A.A. presence can be found in approximately 180 nations worldwide, with membership estimated at over two million. There are more than 118,000 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. literature is translated into more than 100 languages and the Big Book is translated into 70 languages, with more translations currently in progress.

Literature in English, Spanish and French is posted in PDF form on this website. Our policy: We allow readers to print one copy only, for personal use.

If you live in the United States or Canada, a selection of translated books, booklets, pamphlets and other materials is available for purchase via our A.A.W.S. webstore.

We encourage you to order literature locally, via your local central offices and intergroups. We do this because sales of literature help fund Twelfth Step service around the world and because purchasing locally supports A.A.’s international and local service entities.

For items not available on our website or via our webstore, please contact the local international service structures via their websites.

If you live outside the United States and Canada, please contact the service office of the country or region associated with an item’s language.

If you need help, contact customer service at or the G.S.O. International desk at

F-150 - Alcoholics Anonymous World Service Meeting - Final Report

The World Service Meeting Final Report

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; and Warsaw, Poland. Due to the pandemic, the 26th World Service Meeting was held virtually, in November 2020.

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 he or she may be, whatever language he or she 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 the participating countries.

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

Note: The World Service Meeting Final Report is published in English and Spanish, which are the two official languages of the World Service Meeting. In accordance with World Service Meeting policy and practice the report is made available in English by the General Service Office of the U.S. and Canada and in Spanish by the General Service Office of Mexico.

A.A. Around the Globe A.A. Around the Globe

Brief history of the way A.A. members have helped spread the message around the world.

Country-to-Country Sponsorship: Carrying the A.A. Message Worldwide Country-to-Country Sponsorship: Carrying the A.A. Message Worldwide

Shared experience on carrying the A.A. message worldwide.

The International Literature Fund The International Literature Fund

The 11th World Service Meeting (W.S.M.) recommended that all participating countries be contacted for “the specific purpose of seeking cooperation in the task of raising funds for the current problem of providing start-up literature for those countries unable to finance their own translations and acquisitions.”

General Service Offices, Central Offices, Intergroups, and Answering Services Overseas General Service Offices, Central Offices, Intergroups, and Answering Services Overseas

Directory of international G.S.O.s and A.A. offices.

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