What is A.A.? - An Overview

Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of people who come together to solve their drinking problem.  It doesn’t cost anything to attend A.A. meetings. There are no age or education requirements to participate. Membership is open to anyone who wants to do something about their drinking problem.  

A.A.’s primary purpose is to help alcoholics achieve sobriety. A.A. has a solution and that’s not an empty promise.  Alcoholics Anonymous has been helping alcoholics recover for more than 80 years.  A.A.’s program of recovery is built on the simple foundation of one alcoholic sharing with another.  For more information, select the options below.

Recommended Resources

This is AA – This pamphlet describes who A.A.s are and what we have learned about alcoholism.

 Frequently Asked Questions about AA – This pamphlet answers many of the common questions people. have about alcoholism and A.A.

Information on Alcoholics Anonymous – for people who may have a drinking problem and useful for those who are in contact with them.

Are you a professional working with alcoholics?

  • Those of you who work with alcoholics share a common purpose with A.A. –  to help the alcoholic stop drinking.
  • People who think they have a drinking problem are welcome to attend any A.A. meeting.
  • Meetings are available locally or online.
  • Professionals are also welcome to observe open A.A. meetings to learn more about what happens in A.A.

Recommended Resources for Professionals

About A.A. 

This is the newsletter from General Service Office for professionals who work with alcoholics.  This includes professionals in the fields of healthcare, law, corrections, and clergy.  You can expect one to three issues each year.

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For professionals of all types who deal with alcoholism and alcohol use disorder.  

This pamphlet explains how A.A.s and non-A.A.s can work together to help alcoholics stop drinking.  
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Other Pamphlets & Literature

Looking for more information about how A.A. can work with you?  

Please feel free to reach out and connect with us.

We are always seeking to strengthen and expand our communication with you, and we welcome your comments and suggestions. They help us to work more effectively with you in achieving our common purpose: to help the alcoholic who still suffers.  

To contact the Chairperson for ‘Co-Operation with the Professional Community’, email

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