Meeting Types

Experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve  their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism.” Toward this end, A.A groups have both open and closed meetings.

Closed meetings are for A.A. members only, or for those who have a drinking problem and “have a desire to stop drinking.”

Open meetings are available to anyone interested in Alcoholics Anonymous’ program of recovery from alcoholism.

At both types of meetings, the A.A chairperson may request that participants confine their discussion to matters pertaining to recovery from alcoholism.

Whether open or closed, A.A. group meetings are conducted by A.A. members, who determine the format of their meetings.

From “The Group” Pamphlet, Copyright AAWS, used by permission.

To explain open and closed meetings we’ve included the readings from the cards below, read in most of our meetings.

Copyright AAWS Used by permission.

THIS IS A CLOSED MEETING OF ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS

This is a closed meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous. In support of A.A.’s singleness of purpose, attendance at closed meetings is limited to persons who have a desire to stop drinking. If you think you have a problem with alcohol you are welcome to attend this meeting. We ask that when discussing our problems, we confine ourselves to those problems as they relate to alcoholism.

(The 1987 General Service Conference made this statement available as an A.A. service piece for those groups who wish to use it.)

THIS IS AN OPEN MEETING OF ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS

This is an open meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous. We are glad you are here — especially newcomers.  In keeping with our singleness of purpose and our Third Tradition which states “The only requirement for AA membership is a desire to stop drinking,” we ask that all who participate confine their discussion to their problems with alcohol.

(The 1987 General Service Conference made this statement available as an A.A. service piece for those groups who wish to use it.)