What is AA?


What is AA?

What is AA?

Anonymous Alcoholics is a voluntary worldwide community of men and women of all walks of life who meet to achieve and maintain their sobriety. All that is required to become a member is a desire to stop drinking. No quota is paid. AA manages financially through own voluntary contributions.

Current member number

It is estimated that there are over 89,000 AA groups with approx. 2,000,000 members in 141 countries. In Denmark there are approx. 300 groups with approx. 3,000 members.

Relationship with other organizations

The Community has the position of "cooperating with, but not joining" other organizations working with alcoholism. We do not consider the AA questionnaire and we neither support nor fight any unauthorized cause.

How AA started

AA was founded in 1935 by a stockbroker from New York and a Ohio surgeon, who had both been "hopeless" drinkers. They are now dead. They founded AA in an effort to help others, as a result of the disease alcoholism, and to keep themselves sober. AA grew by the creation of autonomous groups - first in the United States and across the world.

Purpose clause

Anonymous Alcoholics is a community of men and women who share experience, strength and hope in order to solve their common problem, and thereby help others to get rid of alcoholism.

All that is required to become a member is a desire to stop drinking.

No quota is paid. AA manages financially through its own voluntary contributions.

AA is not affiliated with any sect, belief, organization, institution or any kind of policy.

AA does not address issues of dispute and will neither support nor fight any matter.

Our main purpose is to remain sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety.

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