INFORMALITY. AA is an informal society of more than 2 million recovering alcoholics throughout the world. Meetings range in size from a handful in some localities to a hundred or more in larger communities.
NON-PROFESSIONAL. AA is nonprofessional – it doesn't have clinics, doctors, counsellors or psychologists. Our members simply have a desire to stop drinking alcohol and help others who wish to do the same thing. There are no charges whatsoever.
AUTONOMOUS. There is no central authority controlling how AA groups operate. It is up to the members of each group to decide what they do. However, the AA program of recovery has proved to be so successful that almost every group follows it in very similar ways.
NO AFFILIATIONS. AA is not a religious organisation nor is it affiliated with any religious body, political entity, or ANY other outside enterprises.
ONLY A SINGLE REQUIREMENT FOR MEMBERSHIP. Just a desire to stop drinking alcohol. Thats it. You're a member of a group if you say so.
NO BOSSES. You can come and go as you please. No one is "in charge" of a group,
WE SUGGEST RATHER THAN ADVISE. We work through the offer of help and suggestion only. No one can tell you what you should or shouldn't do.