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Alcoholics Anonymous

What Is A.A.?

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Updated February 09, 2014

Alcoholics Anonymous is an international fellowship of men and women who have had a drinking problem. It is nonprofessional, self-supporting, multiracial, apolitical, and available almost everywhere. There are no age or education requirements. Membership is open to anyone who wants to do something about his or her drinking problem.

Who Can Join A.A.?

Alcoholism and drug addiction are often referred to as " substance abuse" or "chemical dependency." Alcoholics and nonalcoholics are, therefore, sometimes introduced to A.A. and encouraged to attend A.A. meetings. Anyone may attend open A.A. meetings. But only those with a drinking problem may attend closed meetings or become A.A. members. People with problems other than alcoholism are eligible for A.A. membership only if they have a drinking problem.

What Does A.A. Do?

A.A. members share their experience with anyone seeking help with a drinking problem; they give person-to-person service or "sponsorship" to the alcoholic coming to A.A. from any source. The A.A. program, set forth in the Twelve Steps, offers the alcoholic a way to develop a satisfying life without alcohol. This program is discussed at A.A. group meetings.

How Do I Find a Meeting?

"Alcoholics Anonymous" is usually listed in the white pages of most local telephone books. Call your local number for information on meetings in your area. Central office, intergroup or answering service numbers throughout the world are available on the A.A. World Services web site. There are also many online meetings available. Click here to find a meeting on the Internet.

Source: Information on Alcoholics Anonymous

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