From the November 2012 magazine.

November 2012: Smile!

Is it OK to take pictures at AA events?

Ever since I came into AA in the ’70s I have viewed cameras at AA events with alarm. When someone takes out a camera, I believe it immediately potentially compromises AA’s promise of anonymity. The fear and shame that others might know they may be an alcoholic may be all that’s needed to keep a newcomer away from the program of recovery that saved our lives.

I recently attended two large AA service events, where it was requested that no recording devices be used. It was ignored.

-- Anonymous

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