We recover from alcoholism… God has delivered us out of our bondage… a new light was shining into the dark world of the alcoholic…. a benign chain reaction, one alcoholic carrying the good news to the next… we have found freedom from our fatal obsession.

We stay together in unity. “Ours is not the usual success story; rather it is the story of how, under God’s grace, an unsuspected strength has arisen out of great weakness; of how, under threats of disunity and collapse, world-wide unity and brotherhood have been forged. In the course of this experience we have evolved a set of traditional principles by which we live and work together and relate ourselves as a fellowship to the world around us. These principles are called the Twelve Traditions of AA. They represent the distilled experience of our past, and we rely on them to carry us in unity through the challenges and dangers which the future may bring.” [p 79]

Our society functions and serves its primary purpose of carrying the AA message to all who need it and want it. AA’s 12th Step is the basic service that our fellowship gives; it is our principle aim and the main reason for our existence. An AA service is anything whatever that legitimately helps us to reach fellow sufferers…transportation, meeting places, and institution cooperation… intergroup…pamphlets and books… committees, conferences… member financial contributions. If a service is essential, we maintain it or we fail in our mission…