The AA Preamble
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 A.A. membership; we are self-supporting through our own contributions. A.A. 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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What is Alcoholics Anonymous?
Alcoholics Anonymous (A.A.) is a voluntary, worldwide fellowship of men and women from all
of life who meet together to attain and maintain sobriety. The only requirement for membership is
a desire to stop drinking.
There are no dues or fees for A.A. membership.
How do members of A.A. stay sober?
A.A. is a program of total abstinence.
Members simply stay away from one drink, one day at a time.
Sobriety is maintained through sharing experience, strength and hope
at group meetings and through
the suggested Twelve Steps for recovery from alcoholism.
Why is A.A. Anonymous?
is the spiritual foundation of A.A. It disciplines the Fellowship to govern itself by principles rather than personalities. We are
a society of peers. We strive to make known our program of recovery, not individuals who participate in the program. Anonymity in
the public media is assurance to all A.A.s, especially to newcomers, that their A.A. membership will not be disclosed
IS A.A. FOR YOU?
Only you can decide whether you want to give A.A.a try — whether you think it can help you.
are in A.A. came because we finally gave up trying to control our drinking. We still hated to admit that we could never drink safely.
Then we heard from other A.A. members that we were sick. (We thought so for years!) We found out that many people suffered from
the same feelings of guilt and loneliness and hopelessness that we did. We found out that we had these feelings because we had the
disease of alcoholism. We decided to try and face up to what alcohol had done to us. Here are some of the questions we tried
to answer honestly.
If we answered YES to four or more questions, we were in deep trouble with our drinking. See how you do.
Remember, there is no disgrace in facing up to the fact that you have a problem.
Answer YES or NO to the following questions.
1 - Have you ever decided to stop drinking for a week or so, but only lasted for a couple of days?
Most of us in A.A. made all
kinds of promises to ourselves and to our families. We could not keep them. Then we came to A.A. A.A. said: "Just try not to drink
today." (If you do not drink today, you cannot get drunk today.)