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    Remember that we deal with alcohol, cunning, baffling, powerful. Without help  it is to much for us."

"If you work the Steps off the Wall, You get off the Wall Results"
~Carl G.

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My friend had emphasized the absolute necessity of demonstrating these principles in all my affairs. Particularly was it imperative to work with others as he had worked with me. Faith without works was dead, he said.

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.

Sober Thoughts
The trouble with us alcoholics was this:
We demanded that the world give us happiness and peace of mind in just the
particular order we wanted to get it-- by the alcohol route. And we weren't
successful. But when we take the time to find out some of the spiritual
laws, and familiarize ourselves with them, and put them into practice, then
do we get happiness and peace of mind..... There seem to be some rules that
we have to follow, but happiness and peace of mind are always here, open and
free to anyone


Traditionally, A.A. members have always taken care to preserve their anonymity at the “public” level: press, radio, television, and films. In the early days of A.A., when more stigma was attached to the term “alcoholic” than is the case today, this reluctance to be identified — and publicized — was easy to understand. As the Fellowship of A.A. grew, the positive values of anonymity soon became apparent. First, we know from experience that many problem drinkers might hesitate to turn to A.A. for help if they thought their problem might be discussed publicly, even inadvertently, by others. Newcomers should be able to seek help with assurance that their identities will not be disclosed to anyone outside the Fellowship. Then, too, we believe that the concept of personal anonymity has a spiritual significance for us — that it discourages the drives for personal recognition, power, prestige, or profit that have caused difficulties in some societies. Much of our relative effectiveness in working with alcoholics might be impaired if we sought or accepted public recognition. While each member of A.A. is free to make his or her own interpretations of A.A. tradition, no individual member is ever recognized as a spokesperson for the Fellowship locally, nationally, or internationally. Each member speaks only for himself or herself. A.A. is indebted to all media for their assistance in strengthening the Tradition of anonymity over the years. From time to time, the General Service Office contacts all major media in the United States and Canada, describing the Tradition and asking for cooperation in its observance.

Nothing matters more to AA's future welfare than the manner in which we use the colossus of modern communication. Used unselfishly and well, it can produce results surpassing our present imagination. - Bill W. AA Grapevine, Nov. 1960

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