The only requirement for membership in AA is a desire to stop drinking.
Closed meetings are limited to the vicinity of alcoholics and those with a desire to stop drinking. In accordance with our purpose, at such meetings, it is customary to speak on issues related to alcohol and not other addictions.
Open meetings of A. A., for those wishing to stop drinking, and anyone interested in alcoholics anonymous. Visitors are asked to respect the privacy of the persons whom they see, and confidentiality of information heard.
All meetings are considered closed, unless other information.
We can use names when communicating within the group. At the same time, we respect the right of other members to maintain their personal anonymity at this level, what they wish. Some groups keep a list of names and phone numbers provided by members on a voluntary basis, but are intended for internal use only.
We do not retell draws personal revelations they had heard at the AA meetings. The word “anonymous” in our name – pledge to keep your personal secrets. In addition, the only story of recovery, where we can really share is our own.
From the brochure ” Group AA. Where it all begins “