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Tradition 1. Our common welfare should come first; personal
recovery depends upon A.A. unity.
Tradition 2. For our group purpose there is but one ultimate
authority-a loving God as He may express Himself in our group conscience.
Our leaders are but trusted servants; they do not govern.
Tradition 3. The only requirement for A.A. membership is a desire
to stop drinking.
Tradition 4. Each group should be autonomous except in matters
affecting other groups or A.A. as a whole.
Tradition 5. Each group has but one primary purpose-to carry its
message to the alcoholic who still suffers.
Tradition 6. An A.A. group ought never endorse, finance or lend
the A.A. name to any related facility or outside enterprise, lest problems
of money, property and prestige divert us from our primary purpose.
Tradition 7. Every A.A. group ought to be fully self-supporting,
declining outside contributions.
Tradition 8. Alcoholics Anonymous should remain forever
nonprofessional, but our service centers may employ special workers.
Tradition 9. A.A., as such ought never be organized; but we may
create service boards or committees directly responsible to those they
Tradition 10. Alcoholics Anonymous has no opinion on outside
issues; hence the A.A. name ought never be drawn into public controversy.
Tradition 11. Our public relations policy is based on attraction
rather than promotion; we need always maintain personal anonymity at the
level of press, radio and films.
Tradition 12. Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of all our
Traditions, ever reminding us to place principles before personalities.
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