The Twelve Traditions

1.  Our common welfare should come first; personal recovery depends upon A.A. unity.


2.  For our group purpose there is but one ultimate authority -- a loving God as He may

     express Himself in our group conscience. Our leaders are but trusted servants; they do not govern.


3.  The only requirement for A.A. membership is a desire to stop drinking.


4.  Each group should be autonomous except in matters affecting other groups or A.A. as a         whole.


5.  Each group has but one primary purpose -- to carry its message to the alcoholic who still



6.  An A.A. group ought never endorse, finance, or lend the A.A. name to any related facility


     or outside enterprise, lest problems of money, property, and prestige divert us from our

     primary purpose.


7.  Every A.A. group ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions.


8.  Alcoholics Anonymous should remain forever nonprofessional, but our service centers

     may employ special workers.


9.  A.A. as such, ought never be organized; but we may create service boards or committees

     directly responsible to those they serve.


10.  Alcoholics Anonymous has no opinion on outside issues; hence the A.A. name ought

       never be drawn into public controversy.

11.  Our public relations policy is based on attraction rather than promotion; we need always

       maintain personal anonymity at the level of press, radio and films.


12.  Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of all our traditions,ever reminding us to place

       principles before personalities.


Reprinted from "Alcoholics Anonymous ®", page 562 with permission, Copyright © 1939, 1955, 1976, 2001 by A.A. World Services ®, Inc. All rights reserved.