What A.A. Does Do
1. A.A. 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 A.A. from any source.
2. The A.A. program, set forth in our Twelve Steps, offers the alcoholic a way to
develop a satisfying life without alcohol.
3. This program is discussed at A.A. group meetings.
Open speaker meetings – open to alcoholics and non-alcoholic. (Attendance at
an open A.A. meeting is the best way to learn what A.A. is, what it does, and what
it does not do.) At speaker meetings, A.A. members “tell their stories”. They
describe their experiences with alcohol, how they came to A.A., 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 A.A. recovery or any drinking-related
problem anyone brings up. (Closed meetings are for A.A.s or anyone who may have a
Closed discussion meetings – conducted just as open discussions are, but for
alcoholics or prospective A.A.s only.
Step meetings (usually closed) – discussion of one of the Twelve Steps.
A.A. members also take meetings into correctional and treatment facilities.
A.A. members may be asked to conduct the informational meetings about A.A. as a
part of A.S.A.P. (Alcohol Safety Action Project) and D.W.I. (Driving While Intoxicated)
programs. These meetings about A.A. are not regular A.A. group meetings.