Newcomer FAQ

Welcome to Alcoholics Anonymous.  This page includes information intended to help newcomers and those interested in Alcoholics Anonymous.  The only requirement for membership in Alcoholics Anonymous is a desire to stop drinking.

What is Alcoholics Anonymous? (A.A. Preamble)

Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of people 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.

The following are links to general informational pamphlets published by AA GSO (General Service Office), designed to answer common questions about AA, our program of recovery, and our fellowship.

A Newcomer Asks
Straightforward answers to 15 questions that those new to Alcoholics Anonymous frequently ask about getting sober in A.A.

Frequently Asked Questions about AA
Answers many of the common questions people have about alcoholism and A.A.: What is alcoholism? What are the Twelve Steps? How can I tell if I am really an alcoholic? Informative reading for those seeking help with a drinking problem, as well as for their families and friends. (Formerly titled “44 Questions”)

Is AA For You? 12 Questions only you can answer
Lists 12 questions to ask yourself if you think you may be an alcoholic. For those who think they may have a drinking problem.

A Brief Guide to Alcoholics Anonymous
Using simple language, this pamphlet offers general information on Alcoholics Anonymous, covering topics such as symptoms of alcoholism, the Twelve Steps (A.A.’s program of recovery), the function of A.A. meetings, and more. For public information purposes.

This is AA: An Introduction to the AA recovery program
An introduction to A.A.: describes who A.A.s are and what they have learned about alcoholism. For all who think they may have a drinking problem.