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A.A. Public Relations

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A.A. Public Relations

The 1956 General Service Conference of A.A. adopted unanimously the following statement of “A.A.’s Public Information Policy”:

In all public relationships, A.A.’s sole objective is to help the stillsuffering alcoholic. Always mindful of the importance of personal anonymity, we believe this can be done by making known to him, and to those who may be interested in his problem, our own experience as individuals and as a fellowship in learning to live without alcohol. We believe that our experience should be made available freely to all who express sincere interest. We believe further that all our efforts in this field should always reflect our gratitude for the gift of sobriety and our awareness that many outside A.A. are equally concerned with the serious problem of alcoholism.

This statement reflects a longstanding A.A. tradition of not seeking publicity for promotional purposes, but of always being willing to cooperate with representatives of all media who seek information about the recovery program or about the structure of the Fellowship. Thousands of inquiries of this type are handled each year at the General Service Office (475 Riverside Drive, New York, NY 10115; mail address: Box 459, Grand Central Station, New York, NY 10163; telephone:8884266086;

Information and public relations matters affecting the Fellowship of A.A. as a whole are the concern of the Public Information Committee and the Committee on Cooperation with the Professional Community/Treatment Facilities of the General Service Board of Alcoholics Anonymous.

Reporters are welcome at A.A. open meetings, dinners, regional gettogethers, or similar gatherings of recovered alcoholics. The only restriction is a request not to disclose the name of any A.A. member. (For obvious reasons, photographs cannot be taken at A.A. meetings.)

Note: In many areas, A.A. members have established committees on public information and cooperation with the professional community, to assist local media in obtaining accurate information about the Fellowship. Background material on A.A. may also be obtained upon request from these groups.

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The above information is from “A.A. Fact File”, prepared by General Service Office of Alcoholics Anonymous. This information is also available on G.S.O.’s A.A. Website:

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