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“Alcoholics Anonymous® is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. There are no dues or fees for AA membership; we are self-supporting through our own contributions. AA is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization or institution; does not wish to engage in any controversy, neither endorses nor opposes any causes. Our primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety.”
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The purpose of the General Service Office is to receive, distribute and follow up on 12 step calls, to answer inquiries about AA, to cooperate with local public information committees, maintain information about local hospitals and recovery facilities for alcoholics, to provide local AA meeting lists, to provide a newsletter, and to order, sell and distribute AA conference approved literature.
The following AA General Service Conference-approved literature and other information regarding AA is available at the General Service Office Website or through:
AA World Services, Inc.
P.O. Box 459
Grand Central Station
New York, NY 10163
- Area 50 Committee Overview
- Archives Committee
- Corrections Committee
- Cooperation with the Professional Community Committee (CPC)
- Grapevine Committee
- Public Information Committee
- Accessibility/Special Needs Committee
- Treatment Committee
- Area 50 Website Committee
Our Basic Text
Since the book Alcoholics Anonymous first appeared in 1939, this basic text has helped millions of men and women recover from alcoholism.
Currently available in the General Service Conference-approved Fourth Edition, the Big Book contains the stories of the co-founders, as well as many members of diverse backgrounds who have found recovery in the worldwide Fellowship.
The Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous
A.A.’s Twelve Steps are a group of principles, spiritual in their nature, which, if practiced as a way of life, can expel the obsession to drink and enable the sufferer to become happily and usefully whole.
The Twelve Traditions of Alcoholics Anonymous
A.A.’s Twelve Traditions apply to the life of the Fellowship itself. They outline the means by which A.A. maintains its unity and relates itself to the world about it, the way it lives and grows.