About AA

New to AA? Welcome!

Thank you for your interest in Alcoholics Anonymous. On this page there are links to AA pamphlets that explain our recovery program and give a general idea of how AA works. Also click here for Frequently Asked Questions about AA. You will see that the first and most important step in our program is admission by the alcoholic that he or she is powerless over alcohol, and that life has become unmanageable. It is often helpful for the alcoholic to talk with an AA member, because it may make it easier to understand the nature of the illness, and to accept AA help.

What is AA?

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.

What is an AA Meeting?

The basic purpose of an AA meeting is for members to share their experience, strength and hope with each other concerning their problems with alcohol and their experiences in recovery.

The size and format of meetings varies. Some are small, with a few people sitting around a table or in comfy chairs, and a few are in large halls and may comprise upwards of 200 people. Most meetings are attended by around 15 to 50 people.

“The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking.” Thus, anyone who thinks that they may have a problem with alcohol is welcome to attend any meeting listed in the Meeting Directory. There are two main categories of meeting, Open and Closed.

Open MeetingOpen to anyone who is interested in the AA Program. Visitors and friends are expected to respect the anonymity of all persons they see or meet at AA meetings.

Closed MeetingFor alcoholics only. Discussion of the AA Program is held and every person has the opportunity to ask questions and share their experience more freely. All members benefit from the experience, strength and hope of each other.

Some few meetings are intended primarily for women, men, gay people or speakers of a specific language and are listed accordingly in the Meeting Directory.

Where can I get more information?

We would encourage you to get in touch with the AA Central Office to get further information on Alcoholics Anonymous, speak to an AA member or find local AA meetings. There are several hundred AA meetings  every week in the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley.


Click here for more Frequently Asked Questions about AA. 



Click on any of the pamphlets below for more information about specific subjects.

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This is AA

A Newcomer Asks

Is AA for You?

A Message to Teenagers

In there an Alcoholic in Your Life?

Who Me?


Alcoholics Anonymous has many AA members and committees who are available to provide professionals with information about Alcoholics Anonymous. AA can supply speakers to talk to students, teachers, medical personnel, clergy, support groups and law enforcement about alcoholism. There are several committees available to assist outside organizations with carrying the message to alcoholics. These committees include Cooperation with the Professional Community, Public Information, Corrections, Hospitals, Detox, and Treatment.

AA is not affiliated with outside organizations. However, we are available to provide AA meeting information and literature upon request.

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Is there an Alcoholic in the Workplace?

AA as a Resource for the Health Care Professional

A Message to Corrections Professionals

Members of the Clergy Ask About Alcoholics Anonymous

 Anonymity Letter to the Media

Information for Professionals Newsletter for Professionals

For more information please contact us.