Our Twelve Traditions

"As we discovered the principles by which the individual alcoholic could live, so we had to evolve principles by which the A.A. groups and A.A. as a whole could survive and function effectively...the substance of A.A.'s Twelve Traditions..." ("Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions", by permission of AAWS)


  • A.A. Tradition One Our common welfare should come first; personal recovery depends upon A.A. unity. ...
  • A.A. Tradition Two For our group purpose there is but one ultimate authority – a ...
  • A.A. Tradition Three The only requirement for A.A. membership is a desire to stop drinking. ...
  • A.A. Tradition Four Each group should be autonomous except in matters affecting other groups or ...
  • A.A. Tradition Five Each group has but one primary purpose – to carry its message ...
  • A.A. Tradition Six An A.A. group ought never endorse, finance or lend the A.A. name ...
  • A.A. Tradition Seven Every A.A. group ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions. (“Twelve ...
  • A.A. Tradition Eight Alcoholics Anonymous should remain forever non-professional, but our service centers may employ ...
  • A.A. Tradition Nine A.A., as such, ought never be organized; but we may create service ...
  • A.A. Tradition Ten Alcoholics Anonymous has no opinion on outside issues; hence the A.A. name ...
  • A.A. Tradition Eleven Our public relations policy is based on attraction rather than promotion; we ...
  • A.A. Tradition Twelve Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of all our Traditions, ever reminding us ...

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