This month, as a salute to the 64th Harbor Area Central Office Traditions Banquet, we take a look at the original, or ‘long form’ text of the Twelve Traditions. They were first published in the May, 1946 issue of the Grapevine. In 1949 at the suggestion of Earl T, founder of AA in Chicago, they were shortened to the version that we see hanging in almost every AA meeting around the world.
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.
Before there was a "Big Book", Twelve Steps, Twelve Traditions, the "AA Grapevine" or General Service -- before there were meetings, clubs, conventions or any AA literature -- before there was an H&I committee, there was a visit to an Akron hospital where "one drunk talked to another."