The Alcoholics Anonymous Mission Statement


The Alcoholics Anonymous mission statement is essentially their "Preamble."

The Alcoholics Anonymous Preamble

The following is the Alcoholics Anonymous Preamble.

"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.


A.A. 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 Mission Statement of Area Alcoholics Anonymous Groups

It is interesting to note that various Alcoholics Anonymous regions or areas have their own mission statements.

These more "local" statements of operation do not deviate in any way from the parent AA organization; they merely outline how the local AA areas go about doing their recovery work in their local areas.

For instance, the following is the Mission Statement for area 16, Georgia:

To communicate what Alcoholics Anonymous is to the visitor and to do so in a simple way.

Hence the content being the Preamble and the external links to the General Service Offices of Alcoholics Anonymous and the Grapevine.

To direct visitors to meeting places by providing group names, the street address of meeting places, general driving directions to the meetings, and current meeting schedules.

To serve as an internal tool to dispense continually up to date meeting schedules in a cost effective package on one page, for copies, if possible, and with ease of editing for the webmasters.

Source: Alcoholics Anonymous in Georgia.

The Mission Statement of AAOnline

Due to the popularity and the accessibility of the Internet, alcoholics have access to the AA message and recovery program online.

One such online AA organization is AAOnline. The following represents the mission statement of AAOnline.

The primary purpose of is to carry the Alcoholics Anonymous message of recovery to the alcoholic who still suffers.

In using this electronic medium, the message of recovery can be brought to those unable to physically attend meetings and shared under the protection of increased anonymity with those who would not otherwise have made contact in any other way.

Our purpose at also includes supporting the continued recovery of those wishing to supplement their regular face to face meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous in the continuation of their journey of spiritual awakening and in becoming happy and usefully whole.

Source: AAOnline

Conclusion: The Alcoholics Anonymous Mission Statement

Although the Alcoholics Anonymous mission statement is basically their Preamble, a number of local Alcoholics Anonymous groups do, however, have their own mission statements.


It must be emphasized, however, that these local "statements of operation" do not deviate in any significant way from the parent Alcoholics Anonymous organization.

That is, they basically articulate how the local Alcoholics Anonymous groups conduct "recovery work" in their local areas.