The Baltimore Prologue ~1946~*

Alcoholics Anonymous is a group of people for whom alcohol has become a major problem and who have banded together in a sincere effort to help themselves and other problem drinkers recover their health and maintain sobriety.

Definitions of alcoholics are many and varied. For Brevity we think of an alcoholic as one whose life has become un- manageable, to any degree, due to the use of alcohol.

We of Alcoholics Anonymous believe that the alcoholic is suffering from a disease for which no cure has yet been found. We profess no curative powers but have formulated a plan to arrest alcoholism.

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

There are no dues or fees in A.A.

Activities are supported by the voluntary contributions of the members.

Alcoholics Anonymous does not perform miracles, believing that such power rests only in God.

We adhere to no particular creed or religion. We do believe however that an appeal for help to one's own interpretation of a Higher Power or God, is indispensable to a satisfactory adjustment to life's problems.

Alcoholics Anonymous is not a prohibition or temperance movement in any sense of the word. Neither have we any criticism of the controlled drinker. We are concerned ONLY with the alcoholic.

From the vast experience of our many members, we have learned that successful membership demands total abstinence. Attempts at controlled drinking inevitably fail.

We attempt to follow a program of Recovery which has for it's chief objectives, sobriety for ourselves; help for other alcoholics that desire it; amends for past wrongs; humility; honesty; tolerance; and spiritual growth.

We welcome and appreciate the cooperation of the medical profession, the clergy and the public in general.

 

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