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 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.


(The AA Grapevine, Inc. reprinted with permission)

WHAT AA DOES NOT DO

• furnish initial motivation for alcoholics to recover

• solicit members

• engage in research

• join councils of social agencies

• follow up or try to control its members

• compile a register of members

• make medical or psychological diagnoses or prognoses

• provide drying-out or nursing services, hospitalisation, drugs or any medical or psychiatric treatment

WHAT AA DOES NOT DO

• offer religious services

• engage in education about alcohol

• provide housing, food, clothing, jobs, money or any other welfare or social services

• provide domestic or vocational counselling

• accept any money for its services, or any contributions from non-AA sources

• provide letters of reference to parole boards, lawyers, court officials, etc.

 (Australian AA Service Manual 2012 The Guidelines GL-04 Pg 19)