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.
AA offers a variety of meetings, including meetings for people of color, women, LGBTQ+ and the gender non-conforming, newcomers, young people, atheists, and agnostics. Many meetings are all-inclusive, for anyone with a desire to stop drinking. New meetings are being added every day.
AA groups have both open and closed meetings. Closed meetings are for AA members only, or for those who have a drinking problem and “have a desire to stop drinking.” Open meetings are available to anyone interested in the Alcoholics Anonymous program of recovery from alcoholism.
Non-alcoholics may attend open meetings as observers. Whether open or closed, AA group meetings are conducted by AA members who determine the format of their meetings.
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