To those now in
its fold, Alcoholics Anonymous has made the difference between misery and
sobriety, and often the difference between life and death. A.A. can, of
course, mean just as much to uncounted alcoholics not yet reached.
society of men and women ever had a more urgent need for continuous
effectiveness and permanent unity. We alcoholics see that we must work
together and hang together, else most of us will finally die alone.
Traditions" of Alcoholics Anonymous are, we A.A.’s believe, the best answers
that our experience has yet given to those ever urgent questions, "How can
AA. best function?" and, "How can A.A. best stay whole and so survive?"
One—Our common welfare should come first; personal recover depends upon A.A. unity.
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.
requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking.
should be autonomous except in matters affecting other groups or A.A. as a
has but one primary purpose—to carry its message to the alcoholic who still
group ought never endorse, finance or lend the A.A. name to any related
facility or outside enterprise, lest problems of money, property and
prestige divert us from our primary purpose.
group ought to be self-supporting, declining outside contributions.
Anonymous should forever remain non-professional, but our service centers
may employ special workers.
such, ought never be organized, but we may create service boards or
committees directly responsible to those they serve.
Anonymous has no opinions on outside issues; hence the A.A. name ought never
be drawn into public controversy.
public relations policy is based on attraction rather than promotion; we
need always maintain personal anonymity at the level of press, radio and
is the spiritual foundation of all our Traditions, ever reminding us to
place principles before personalities.