The "12 Traditions" of Alcoholics Anonymous are, we A.A's believe, the best answers that our experience has yet given to those ever-urgent questions, "How can A.A. best function?" and, "How can A.A. best stay whole and so survive?" Here the "12 Traditions" are seen in their so-called "short form," the form in general use today.
OneOur common welfare should come first; personal recovery depends upon A.A. unity.
For our group purpose there is but on ultimate authority - a loving God asHe may express Himself
in our group conscience. Our leaders are but trusted servants; they do not govern.
ThreeThe only requirement for A.A. membership is a desire to stop drinking.
FourEach group should be autonomous except in matters affecting other groups or A.A. as a whole.
FiveEach group has but one primary purpose-to carry its message to the alcoholic who still suffers.
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.
SevenEvery A.A. group ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions.
Alcoholics Anonymous should remain forever nonprofessional,
but our service centers may employ special workers.
A.A., as such, ought never be organized; but we may create service boards or
committees directly responsible to those they serve.
Alcoholics Anonymous has no opinion on outside issues; hence the
A.A. name ought never be drawn into public controversy.
Our public relations policy is based on attraction rather than promotion;
we need always maintain personal anonymity at the level of press, radio and film.
Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of all our Traditions,
ever reminding us to place principles before personalities.