We are alcoholics who help each other get and stay sober. We remain anonymous so that newcomers are not afraid of disclosure.
AA is non-profit and 100% self-funded. We hold more than 1,900 meetings every week across Australia.
Yes. AA’s focus is on our drinking problem, so we LGBTQI alcoholics have always been welcome.
LGBTQIs have even started our own AA meetings so we feel safe to speak about our recovery, sexuality and gender. Please see the Meetings page.
No. AA has no selection criteria, tests or checks of any sort.
You decide if you are a member of AA. However, it’s best if you have a desire to stop drinking.
Nothing. We’ve already paid the price through our drinking.
No, but our program of recovery from alcoholism has a spiritual component. However, AA equally welcomes atheists, agnostics and members of any religion.
AA meetings are open to alcoholics and anyone interested in solving a personal drinking problem.
We only use first names to keep it anonymous. If you happen to see someone you know, expect a warm welcome but please do not tell outsiders who you saw at AA.
The meetings more or less follow a set pattern. A chairperson describes the AA program briefly for the benefit of newcomers in the room and calls speakers who relate their personal drinking histories and may give their interpretation of recovery in AA. Speaking is encouraged but not compulsory.
The meetings last for up to 90 minutes. At the end there is usually a period for announcements while a treasurer passes a basket to cover the costs of holding the meeting. Only members donate, if they can afford it, and a gold coin or small note is usually enough. The meeting then adjourns, often followed by informal chatting.
AA does not: