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Alcoholics Anonymous is an international fellowship of men and women who once had a drinking problem. It is nonprofessional, self–supporting, nondenominational, apolitical, and available almost everywhere. There are no age or educational requirements. Membership is open to anyone who wants to do something about his or her drinking problem.

What does Alcoholics Anonymous do?
Alcoholics Anonymous. members share their experience with anyone seeking help with a drinking problem, they give person to person service or “Sponsorship” to the alcoholic coming to Alcoholics Anonymous. from any source.
  1. The Alcoholics Anonymous. programme, set forth in our Twelve Steps, offers the alcoholic a way to develop a satisfying life without alcohol.
  2. This programme is discussed at Alcoholics Anonymous. group meetings.
    • Open speaker meetings open to alcoholics and non alcoholics. (Attendance at an open Alcoholics Anonymous. meeting is the best way to learn what Alcoholics Anonymous. is, what it does, and what it does not do.) At speaker meetings, Alcoholics Anonymous. members “Tell their stories”. They describe their experiences with alcohol, how they came to Alcoholics Anonymous., and how their lives have changed as a result of Alcoholics Anonymous.
    • Open discussion meetings one member speaks briefly about his or her drinking experience, and then leads a discussion on Alcoholics Anonymous. recovery or any drinking related problem anyone brings up (closed meetings are for Alcoholics Anonymous.s or anyone who may have a drinking problem.).
    • Closed discussion meetings conducted just as open discussions are, but for alcoholics or prospective Alcoholics Anonymous.s only.
    • Step meetings (usually closed): Discussion of one of the Twelve Steps.
    • Alcoholics Anonymous members also take meetings into correctional and treatment facilities.
    • Alcoholics Anonymous members may be asked to conduct the informational meetings about Alcoholics Anonymous. as a part of ASAP. (Alcohol Safety Action Project) and DWI. (Driving While Intoxicated) programme. These meetings about Alcoholics Anonymous. are not regular Alcoholics Anonymous. group meetings.