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Cooperation with the Professional Community (CPC) Committee
A.A. members need always maintain personal anonymity at the level of press, radio, film, TV, etc. In all other cases, we can say we’re members but should never break another member’s anonymity. A.A. is not a religious group, cult, business, etc. Nor is it a social club or dating service. A.A. membership is open to men and woman of all ages, races, creeds and colors assuming they meet our one requirement.
A.A. members don’t give each other advice nor require any type of conformance. A.A. provides no professional or social services. We simply share what we’ve done and the results we have gotten.
Alcoholism is our focus. Helping others helps us. We recover. However, we are never cured.
Anyone with a drinking problem who has a desire to stop may become an A.A. member. A.A. members do not diagnose each other. Each member must declare himself or herself an alcoholic. Individuals who have no history of problem drinking are not eligible for A.A. membership.
It costs nothing to join A.A. or to remain a member of Alcoholics Anonymous.
A.A. accepts money from no one but its members. There is a $2,000 limit per member per year.
A.A. has no religious, political or business affiliations. We are not linked to any other 12-Step programs. A.A. has no connection with any medical or treatment centers.
A.A. does not support one medical or psychological viewpoint over another as it relates to alcoholism.
A.A. is not a temperance movement. A.A. is not opposed to or in favor of drinking alcohol.
A.A. members have no other agendas or objectives but to maintain their sobriety and pass along what was freely given to them. Rarely have we seen a person fail who has thoroughly followed our path. People recover if they work the 12 Steps.
The A.A. 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.
Groups in U.S. 51,537
Groups in Canada 4,903
Members in U.S. 1,168,990
Members in Canada 96,100
Groups Overseas 44,762
Members Overseas 760,140
Groups in Correctional Facilities
Lone Members 214
Total Members: 2,092,460
Total Groups: 103,768