Ever Wonder… About Safety and A.A.: Suggestions to Consider?

It’s in there.  ⇓ The A.A. Group… Where It All Begins PDF

Designed for easy reference, the pamphlet covers four main areas:

  • What an A.A. group is.
  • How a group functions.
  • Group relations with others in the community.
  • How the group fits into the structure of A.A. as a whole.

              Safety and A.A.: Suggestions to Consider

Safety is an important issue within A.A. — one that all groups and members can address to develop workable solutions and help keep our meetings safe based on the fundamental principles of the Fellowship.

“Each member of Alcoholics Anonymous is but a small part of a great whole. A.A. must continue to live or most of us will surely die. Hence our common welfare comes first. But individual welfare follows close afterward.” (Tradition One, Long Form)

A.A. groups are spiritual entities made up of alcoholics who gather for the sole purpose of staying sober and helping other alcoholics to achieve sobriety. Yet, we are not immune to the difficulties that affect the rest of humanity.

Alcoholics Anonymous is a microcosm of the larger society within which we exist. Problems found in the outside world can also make their way into the rooms of A.A. As we strive to share in a spirit of trust, both at meetings and individually with sponsors and friends, it is reasonable for each member to expect a meaningful level of safety. Those attending A.A. meetings derive a benefit by providing a safe environment in which alcoholics can focus on gaining and maintaining sobriety. The group can then fulfill its primary purpose — to carry the A.A. message to the alcoholic who still suffers. For this reason, groups and members discuss the topic of safety.

For more information see “Safety and A.A.: Our Common Welfare” (SMF-209) aa.org.


This pamphlet is designed as a handy information tool and suggested guide for an A.A. group. Pamphlet ID p-16 can be purchased from the Intergroup Central Office in Nanaimo.