“Having had a spiritual awakening as a result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.”
“They describe a hand so jittery that it could not lift a pony to the lips without spilling the contents; drinking liquor from a beer stein because it can be steadied with two hands, although at the risk of chipping a front tooth; tying an end of a towel about a glass, looping the towel around the back of the neck, and drawing the free end with the other hand, pulley fashion, to advance the glass to the mouth; hands so shaky they feel as if they were about to snap off and fly into space; sitting on hands for hours to keep them from doing this. These and other bits of drinking lore usual”
Alcoholics Anonymous article by Jack Alexander, The Saturday Evening Post, March 1941
With the help of this fellowship, I escaped, and now must go about the business of helping others. Hello everyone, it is great pleasure to be sober and help others. I’m described in Jack Alexander’s words above; yet today, I am full of so much life and even more energy, all because you cared enough about me as an individual to carry the message of A.A. I now understand that you had to work with me to keep what you had, so that I may someday be able to do the same thing and help another alcoholic like myself. After taking the first 11 steps, I learned that this is the essence of the 12th step of Alcoholics Anonymous. Such a simple answer: one alcoholic speaking to another
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."