About AA

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, organisation 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.

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What is AA?
Alcoholics Anonymous is a voluntary, worldwide fellowship of men and women from all walks of life who meet together to attain and maintain sobriety. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. There are no dues or fees for AA membership.

Current membership
In Guernsey there are twelve group meetings each week, including an online meeting via Zoom. Membership is about a hundred. We are part of a worldwide fellowship of more than two million members.

How AA members maintain sobriety
AA is a programme of total abstinence. We stay away from the first drink, one day at a time. Sobriety is maintained through sharing experience, strength, and hope at group meetings and through the suggested Twelve Steps for recovery from alcoholism.

Why AA is 'Anonymous'
Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of AA. It disciplines the Fellowship to govern itself by principles rather than personalities. AA's fundamental principle of Anonymity is assurance to all AAs, especially to newcomers, that their AA membership will not be disclosed.

How AA was started
AA was started in 1935 by a New York stockbroker and an Ohio surgeon, who had been hopeless drunks. They made the startling discovery that alcoholics can help each other when others cannot. AA in Guernsey started in 1961.

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AA as a Resource for Professionals

Alcoholics Anonymous offers the suffering alcoholic help in attaining and maintaining sobriety. The success rate is high, and the AA 12 step programme of recovery is used by leading treatment centres. AA in Guernsey wishes to encourage referral from health professionals and others in a position to advise the suffering alcoholic.

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Al-Anon Family Groups

Al-Anon, the fellowship of relatives and friends of alcoholics, is not currently active in Guernsey. The National Helpline is on 0800 0086 811 or email helpline@al-anonuk.org.uk.