Barrie & Area Intergroup  80 Bradford Street, Suite 622  Barrie, Ontario L4N 6S7 

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The 12 Traditions of AA

Barrie, Ontario

L4N 6S7


1.    Our common welfare should come first, personal recovery depends upon A.A. unity.

2.    For our group purpose there is but one ultimate authority-a loving God as He may express Himself

       in our group conscience. Our leaders are but trusted servants, they do not govern.

3.    The only requirement for A.A. membership is a desire to stop drinking.

4.    Each group should be autonomous except in matters affecting other groups or A.A. as a whole.

5.    Each group has but one primary purpose-to carry its message to the alcoholic who still suffers.

6.    An A.A. group ought never endorse, finance or lend the A.A. name to any related facility or outside

       enterprise, lest problems of money, property and prestige divert us from our primary purpose.

7.    Every A.A. group ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions.

8.    Alcoholics Anonymous should remain forever nonprofessional, but our service centers may employ

       special workers.

9.    A.A., as such, ought never be organized; but we may create service boards or committees directly

       responsible to those they serve.

10.  Alcoholics Anonymous has no opinion on outside issues; hence the A.A. name ought never be drawn

       into public controversy.

11.  Our public relations policy is based on attraction rather than promotion; we need always maintain

       personal anonymity at the level of press, radio and films. 

12.  Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of all our Traditions, ever reminding us t0 place principles 

       before personalities.

Reprinted from the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous with permission of A.A. WorldServices, Inc.