- O - Open meeting - all are welcome
- C - Closed meeting - for those who wish to stop drinking
- D - Discussion
- S - Speaker
- ST - Step meeting
- LIT - Literatire
- B - Big Book
- HC - Access for mobility-impaired
- BE - Beginner's meeting
- M - Men's meeting
- W - Women's meeting
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.
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(The statement above, which is read at the beginning of many AA meetings around the world, is known as the Preamble of AA. According to a recent estimate, there are more than 2 million AA members and 100,000 AA groups in 150 countries throughout the world.)