AA Membership

Results of GSO'S Triennial Survey Released

More than 8,000 AAs responded to the GSO'S Membership Survey in 2007. The survey is conducted every three years to provide a look at the characteristics of AA members in the USA & Canada.

Ages of Members

Under age 21.................2.3%

Age 21 through 30.........11.3%

Age 31 through 40.........16.5%

Age 41 through 50..........28.5%

Age 51 through 60..........23.8%

Age 61 through 00..........12.3%

Over 70............................5.3%

Gender of Members

Women.............................33%

Men..................................67%

 

Marital Status of Members

Married............................35%

Single...............................34%

Divorced..........................23%

Other..................................8%

Composition of Membership

White............................85.1%

Black..............................5.7%

Hispanic.........................4.8%

Native American............1.6%

Asian & Other...............2.8%

Length of Sobriety

Sober more than 10 Years...33%

Sober between 5-10 Years..12%

Sober between 1-5 Years....24%

Sober less than 1 Year.........31

Members' Occupations

Retired........................................16%

Self-employed/other.....................11%

Manager/administrator..................10%

Professional/technical...................10%

Skilled trade..................................8%

Unemployed.................................8%

Laborer........................................6%

Health Professional.......................5%

Disabled (not working)..................5%

Sales worker................................4%

Student.......................................4%

Service Worker...........................3%

Educator.....................................3%

Clerical worker............................2%

Homemaker................................2%

Transportation.............................1%

Craft Worker

Introduction to AA

Factors most responsible for members coming into AA 
(Two responses were permitted: total responses add up to more than 100%)

Through an AA member..........................33%

Treatment facility...................................33%

Self-motivated........................................31%

Family...................................................24%

Court Order...........................................11%.

Counseling agency...................................8%

Health Professional..................................7%

Employer or fellow worker......................4%

Non-AA friend or neighbor.......................3%

Correctional facility.................................3%

Al-Anon or Alateen member....................2%

Newspaper/magazine/radio/TV................1%

Member of clergy...................................1%

Internet..................................................1%

Other.....................................................7%

Meeting Attendance

Members attend an average of 2.4 meetings per week

Additional Help....Before

Before coming to AA, 63% of the members received some type of treatment or counseling, such as medical, psychological, spiritual, etc.  74% of those members who received treatment or counseling said it played an important part in directing them to AA

Group Membership

85% of members belong to a home group

Additional Help....After

After coming to AA, 63% of the members received some type of treatment or counseling such as medical, psychological, spiritual, etc.  85% of those members who received treatment or counseling said it played an important part in their recovery from alcoholism

Relationship With Health Care Professionals

74% of members' doctors know they are in AA.  39% of members said they were referred by a health care professional

 

AA Grapevine, September 2008