Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women 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 AA membership; we are self-supporting through our own contributions. AA 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 United States and Canada are divided into General Service Conference Areas. Area 53 is the General Service Conference Area representing central and southeastern Ohio. There are three other areas in Ohio: Area 54, Area 55 and Area 56. Each area sends a delegate to New York to participate in the General Service Conference, which takes place every April. At the General Service Conference, delegates from across the US and Canada vote on matters pertaining to AA as a whole in the two countries.
The Big Book was originally published in 1939 by AA founders Bill W. (William Griffith Wilson) and Dr. Bob (Robert Holbrook Smith). The book serves as the basic text of AA. There has been a series of reprints and revisions, as well as translations into dozens of languages. The second edition (1955) consisted of 1,150,000 copies. The book is published by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc. and is available through AA offices and meetings, as well as through booksellers. The 4th Edition (2001) is also freely available online.
Originally published in 1952, this classic book is used by A.A. members and groups around the world. It lays out the principles by which A.A. members recover and by which the fellowship functions. The basic text clarifies the Steps which constitute the A.A. way of life and the Traditions, by which A.A. maintains its unity.
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