- Our common welfare should
come first; personal recovery depends upon A.A. unity.
- For our group purpose
there is but one ultimate authority - a loving God as he may
express Himself in our group conscience. Our leaders are but
trusted servants; they
do not govern.
- The only requirement for
A. A. membership is a desire to stop drinking.
- Each group should be
autonomous except in matters affecting other groups or A.A.
as a whole.
- Each group has but one
primary purpose - to carry its message to the alcoholic who
- An A.A. group ought never
endorse, finance, or lend the A.A. name to any related
facility or outside enterprise, lest problems of money, property or
prestige divert us
from our primary purpose.
- Every A.A. group ought to
be fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions.
- Alcoholics Anonymous
should remain forever nonprofessional, but our service
centers may employ special workers.
- A.A., as such, ought
never be organized; but we may create special boards or
committees directly responsible to those they serve.
- Alcoholics Anonymous has
no opinon on outside issues; hence the A.A. name
ought never be drawn into public controversy.
- Our public relations
policy is based on attraction rather than promotion; we need
always maintain personal anonymity at the level of press, radio,
- Anonymity is the spiritual
foundation of all our traditions, ever reminding us to place
principles before personalities.
1952, 1953, 1981 by The A. A. Grapevine, Inc. and Alcoholics Anonymous
Publishing (now known as Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.)
Printed with permission of A.A.W.S.