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Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they many 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.bigbook4-2
 
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.
 
What A.A. does not do:
  1. Recruit members or furnish initial motivation for alcoholics to recover.
  2. Keep membership records or case histories.
  3. Follow up or try to control its members.
  4. Make medical or psychological diagnoses or prognoses.
  5. Provide hospitalization, drugs, or medical or psychiatric treatment.
  6. Provide housing, food, clothing, jobs, money or other such services.
  7. Provide domestic or vocational counseling.
  8. Engage in or sponsor research.
  9. Affiliate with social agencies (though many members and service offices do cooperate with them).
  10. Offer religious services.
  11. Engage in any controversy about alcohol or other matters.
  12. Accept money for its services or contributions from non-A.A. sources.
  13. Provide letters of reference to parole boards, attorneys, court officials, schools, businesses, social agencies, or any other organization or institution.
  14. From the Grapevine. Reprinted with permission of the A.A. Grapevine, Inc.