The Twelve Traditions of Alcoholics Anonymous (A.A.)

It isn’t often that we post “traditional” aspects of Alcoholics Anonymous (A.A.). However, taking the time to display the more traditional side of A.A. is just as important as covering current media, website reviews and everything else we do here at The AA Blog. The following is a slightly compressed version of the twelve traditions of Alcoholics Anonymous (A.A.).

1. Personal recovery and lasting sobriety depends on A.A. unity. The common welfare of the group should come first.

2. There is one ultimate authority, a loving God (as we see him).

3. The only requirement for an individual to join Alcoholics Anonymous (A.A.) is the desire to stop drinking.

4. All groups should operate independently except in matters affecting other Alcoholics Anonymous (A.A.) groups.

5. The primary purpose of Alcoholics Anonymous (A.A.) is to carry its message to other people suffering from alcohol abuse.

6. An Alcoholics Anonymous (A.A.) group should never endorse, finance or lend its name to any outside corporation as it may divert attention for the fellowship’s ultimate purpose.

7. Alcoholics Anonymous (A.A.) groups should be self supporting and decline any contributions.

8. Alcoholics Anonymous (A.A.) should remain non-professional. However, an A.A. service center may employ workers for special purposes.

9. Although Alcoholics Anonymous (A.A.) should remain non-professional, an A.A. center may create service boards or committees responsible for the people they serve.

10. Alcoholics Anonymous (A.A.), as a group, has no opinions on outside issues and should never be drawn into public controversy over such opinions.

11. Public Relations for Alcoholics Anonymous (A.A) should be based for attraction rather than promotion.

12. All members of Alcoholics Anonymous (A.A.) should place principles before personalities. Anonymity is the foundation of Alcoholics Anonymous