About AA

A.A. and Alcoholism
Alcoholics Anonymous is concerned solely with the personal recovery and continued sobriety of individual alcoholics who turn to the Fellowship for help.

The Fellowship has adopted a policy of “cooperation but not affiliation” with other organisations concerned with the problem of alcoholism.  A.A. does not engage in the fields of alcoholism research, medical or psychiatric treatment, education, or advocacy in any form, although members may participate in such activities as individuals.  A.A. does not accept or seek financial support from outside sources.

In all public relationships, A.A.’s sole objective is to help the still suffering alcoholic.  A.A. experience has always been made available freely to all who sought it – business people, spiritual leaders, civic groups, law enforcement officers, health and welfare personnel, educators, institutional authorities and many others.  But A.A. never endorses, supports, becomes affiliated with, or expresses an opinion on the programs of others in the field of alcoholism, since such actions would be beyond the scope of the Fellowship's primary purpose.

Always mindful of the importance of preserving personal anonymity in print and broadcast media and otherwise at the public level, we believe we can help the still suffering alcoholic by making known to that individual, and to those who may be interested in his or her problem, our own experience as individuals and as a fellowship in learning to live without alcohol.

AA Worldwide
Alcoholics Anonymous was founded in the United States in 1935  and can be defined as an informal society of around 3,000,000 recovered alcoholics throughout the world. These men and women meet in local groups, which range in size from a handful in some localities to many hundreds in larger communities. Currently, women make up 35 percent of the total membership.


AA In the UK
AA was established in the UK in London on Monday 31st March 1947. Today we have over 3700 regular weekly meetings throughout the UK with a membership of about 40,000. All major towns and cities will have daily meetings and many small towns will have at least one meeting per week.

AA In Somerset
Alcoholics Anonymous in Somerset covers the whole of the county with 53 meetings per week. Our regular membership is well over 1000 people of all ages, backgrounds and professions.


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The AA Meeting
The AA meeting is at the heart of all we do. Each meeting is autonomous and is organised and run by its members. Most meetings are held in the evenings, typically starting at 7:30 or 8.00 pm. In general, meetings are 90 minutes long but there are a few that are just 60 minutes.


Daytime meetings are available but mainly in the larger towns. The meetings vary a little in format but all those present share the same desire as the newcomer to stay sober. Meetings are informal and new members are always warmly welcomed. They need only sit and listen to get identification about their drinking. There is often a short break and there is always a cup of tea or coffee and time for an informal chat.

Some groups have occasional 'Open', meetings where friends, family, professionals and others can attend. Otherwise, meetings are restricted to alcoholics and those who think they have a drink problem.

Confidentiality, is stressed at every meeting and introductions are always on a first name only basis. We take our own anonymity seriously and encourage all new members to do the same.


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The Importance of Anonymity
We take our personal anonymity seriously as many problem drinkers might hesitate to turn to us for help if they thought their problem might be discussed publicly or inadvertently by others
Displayed prominently in every A.A. meeting, to reinforce the concept of anonymity is the ‘Yellow Card’.