About AA - Recovery from Alcoholism

How to Stop Drinking and Stay Sober

For many years, alcoholism has been recognized as a highly prevalent and disabling health problem, one that affects far more than just the alcoholic alone. Family, friends and others are hurt by its effects — in the home, on the job, on our highways and roads. Alcoholism costs lives, as well as costing communities millions of dollars. So, whether or not you ever become an alcoholic yourself, alcoholism can still have a devastating impact on your life.

We in A.A. have learned a great deal about alcoholism — how to identify and arrest it, and how to live a life in recovery. But so far, no one has discovered a way to prevent it; it is still unknown just why some drinkers turn into alcoholics and others do not. Many doctors and scientists in the field have studied this question but have not been able to determine a definitive cause (or causes) of alcoholism.

For that reason, we in A.A. concentrate on helping those who are already alcoholics, those who may have a desire to stop drinking, so that they can begin to recover and to learn how to live a normal, happy life without alcohol.

From A Brief Guide to Alcoholics Anonymous

Three Legacies




“these are the Three Legacies given to the whole membership of A.A. by its founders and their fellow oldtimers.”   -A.A.’s LEGACY OF SERVICE, by Bill W

Responsibility Statement

I am responsible. . . When anyone, anywhere, reaches out for help, I want the hand of A.A. always to be there. And for that: I am responsible.

Who we are

Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of people 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 A.A. membership; we are selfsupporting 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.

We Are Not A Glum Lot
We Don't Take Ourselves Too Seriously
It Is A We Program
We Are Amazed Before Halfway Through

A.A.’s Legacy
of Service

Our Twelfth Step — carrying the message — is the basic service that the A.A. Fellowship gives; this is our principal aim and the main reason for our existence. Therefore, A.A. is more than a set of principles; it is a society of alcoholics in action. We must carry the message, else we ourselves can wither and those who haven’t been given the truth may die.

Hence, an A.A. service is anything whatever that helps us to reach a fellow sufferer — ranging all the way from the Twelfth Step itself to a ten-cent phone call and a cup of coffee, and to A.A.’s General Service Office for national and international action. The sum total of all these services is our Third Legacy of Service.

Services include meeting places, hospital cooperation, and intergroup offices; they mean pamphlets, books, and good publicity of almost every description. They call for committees, delegates, trustees, and conferences. And, not to be forgotten, they need voluntary money contributions from within the Fellowship.

Discover Service Opportunities

There are numerous ways you can be of service to the fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous in the Harbor Area.

First and foremost is the Harbor Area Service Committee (Service Committee). Every group should be concerned with how the principles and traditions of the fellowship are adhered to in our area, as well as the way matters affecting A.A. are conducted nationally. Each group is autonomous, yet they are closely interrelated by cooperation for the good of all groups and for A.A. as a whole.

In the Harbor Area this is accomplished through the  Service Committee. The Service Committee is comprised of delegates elected from their respective groups or meetings to serve for a period of time on the Committee. Each delegate has a vote in the affairs of the Committee and is eligible to serve in any additional capacity that they desire upon approval by the Committee.

Within the Service Committee there are a number offices and sub-committees designated to perform certain functions for the successful operation of Alcoholics Anonymous throughout the Harbor Area.

Elections for the offices and subcommittees are held every December at the Harbor Area Service Committee meeting.