What is Alcoholics Anonymous?

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 A.A. membership; we are self-supporting through our own contributions.

A.A. 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.

 Open meetings

Anyone is invited to attend an Open meeting. You do not have to be an alcoholic, nor have a drinking problem, to attend an Open Meeting.

The following A.A. service piece may be read at the meeting you attend:

“This is an Open meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous. We are glad you are all here – especially newcomers. In keeping with our singleness of purpose and our Third Tradition which states that “The only requirement for A.A. membership is a desire to stop drinking,” we ask that all who participate confine their discussion to their problems with alcohol.”

Open meetings are a good place to get literature about A.A., pick-up a current printed meeting schedule and talk to A.A. members about our program and fellowship.

Closed meetings

Closed meetings are exclusively for those who think they may have a problem with alcohol and have a desire to stop drinking.

The following A.A. service piece may be read at the meeting you attend:

“This is a Closed meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous. In support of A.A.’s singleness of purpose, attendance at Closed meetings is limited to persons who have a desire to stop drinking. If you think you have a problem with alcohol, you are welcome to attend this meeting. We ask that when discussing our problems, we confine ourselves to those problems as they relate to alcoholism.”

A.A. and our Community

A.A. is concerned solely with the personal recovery and continued sobriety of individual alcoholics who turn to the Fellowship for help. Alcoholics Anonymous does not engage in the fields of alcoholism research, medical or psychiatric treatment, education, or advocacy in any form, although members may participate in such activities as individuals.

The Fellowship has adopted a policy of “cooperation but not affiliation” with other organizations concerned with the problem of alcoholism.

Traditionally, Alcoholics Anonymous does not accept or seek financial support from outside sources, and members preserve personal anonymity in print and broadcast media and otherwise at the public level.

A.A. experience has always been made freely available  to all who seek it – business people, spiritual leaders, civic groups, law enforcement officers, health and welfare personnel, educators, representatives of military establishments, institutional authorities, organized labor representatives, educators and many others. But A.A. never endorses, supports, becomes affiliated with, or expresses an opinion on the programs of others in the field of alcoholism, since such actions would be beyond the scope of the Fellowship’s primary purpose.

If you are interested in having an A.A. meeting at your facility, or in having an A.A.  presentation, please contact our Oahu Central Office at (808) 946-1438.


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