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To explain open and closed meetings we've included the card below, read in most of our meetings.
  This is a closed meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous. In support of A.A.'s singleness of purpose, attendance at closed meetings is limited to persons who have a desire to stop drinking. If you think you have a problem with alcohol you are welcome to attend this meeting. We ask that when discussing our problems, we confine ourselves to those problems as they relate to alcoholism.       This is an open meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous. We are glad you are here -- especially newcomers. In keeping with our singleness of purpose and our Third Tradition which states "The only requirement for AA membership is a desire to stop drinking," we ask that all who participate confine their discussion to their problems with alcohol.  
  (The 1987 General Service Conference made this statement available as an A.A. service piece for those groups who wish to use it.)       (The 1987 General Service Conference made this statement available as an A.A. service piece for those groups who wish to use it.)  
  To Reorder, write to: General Service Office,
Box 459, Grand Central Station, New York, NY 10163
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The difference between open and closed A.A. meetings

The purpose of all A.A. group meetings, as the Preamble states, is for A.A. members to "share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism." Toward this end, A.A groups have both open and closed meetings.

Closed meetings are for A.A. members only, or for those who have a drinking problem and "have a desire to stop drinking."

Open meetings are available to anyone interested in Alcoholics Anonymous' program of recovery from alcoholism.

At both types of meetings, the A.A chairperson may request that participants confine their discussion to matters pertaining to recovery from alcoholism.

Whether open or closed, A.A. group meetings are conducted by A.A. members, who determine the format of their meetings.

Our 36 Spiritual Principles

12 Steps of Recovery
12 Traditions for Unity
12 Concepts in Service
=  36 Principles

Count your days
            How many days, hours, minutes, seconds you have been sober.

   This we owe to AA's future:
      To place our common welfare first;
         To keep our fellowship united.
            For on A.A. unity depend our lives,
               And the lives of those to come

   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.


Reprinted from Pamphlet P-1, This Is AA, page 24, with permission of A. A. World Services, Inc.