Sitka Intergroup

Alcoholics Anonymous

What is A.A.?

Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of people who come together to solve their drinking problem. It doesn’t cost anything to attend A.A. meetings. There are no age or education requirements to participate. Membership is open to anyone who wants to do something about their drinking problem.

A.A.’s primary purpose is to help alcoholics to achieve sobriety.

Frequently Asked Questions at

How do I know I'm an alcoholic?

The nice thing about A.A. is that it is YOU who decides whether you are an alcoholic or not. Try taking the self-assessment.

What can I expect at my first AA meeting?

There are a variety of formats for A.A. meetings and each meeting takes on the feel of their local area. At most meetings you will hear members talk about what drinking did to them and to those around them. Most also share what actions they took to stop drinking and how they are living their lives today.

The purpose of all meetings is for A.A. members to “share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism.”

There is no pressure to speak in an AA meeting. You may decline, if you wish.

Learn more about meeting types, meeting formats, etc. at

Is AA Free?

There are no dues or fees for A.A. membership. An A.A. group will usually have a voluntary collection during the meeting to cover expenses, such as rent, online account, coffee, etc., and to this all members are free to contribute as much or as little as they wish.

What is Anonymity?

Anonymity is often referred to as the greatest single protection the Fellowship has to assure its continued existence and growth. In stressing the equality of all A.A. members — and unity in the common bond of their recovery from alcoholism — anonymity serves as the spiritual foundation of A.A. For more, click here

How can I participate in AA?

A.A.’s Twelfth Step suggests that we carry the message of recovery. That is the basic service that A.A. provides. Any action that helps A.A. to function as a whole is service. Most A.A. members start out providing service in their group.

I am responsible, when anyone, anywhere reaches out for help, I want the hand of A.A. always to be there. And for that: I am responsible.