Traditionally, AA members have always taken care to preserve their
anonymity at the "public" level: press, radio, television, and films.
In the early days of AA, 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 AA grew, the
positive values of anonymity soon became apparent.
First, we know from experience than many problem drinkers might hesitate
to turn to AA for help if they thought their problem might be discussed
publicly, even inadvertently, by others. Newcomers should be able to seek
help with complete assurance that their identities will not be disclosed
to anyone outside the Fellowship.