The AA Preamble
The famous AA Preamble was first introduced to the Fellowship in the June 1947 issue of AA's membership magazine, The Grapevine. It was written by the then editor, who borrowed much of the phrasing from the Foreword to the original edition of the book, Alcoholics Anonymous. That version of the Preamble was later modified at the 1958 conference of AA's General Service Board, which produced the current wording.
Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism.
The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking.
There are no dues or fees for AA membership; we are self-supporting through our own contributions.
AA is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization or institution; does not wish to engage in any controversy, neither endorses nor opposes any causes.
Our primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety.
The 12 Principles of Recovery
The 12 Traditions of Alcoholics Anonymous