From the November 2007 magazine.

Twelve Suggested Points For AA Tradition

The first version of the principles that still guide AA groups

Nobody invented Alcoholics Anonymous. It grew. Trial and error has produced a rich experience. Little by little we have been adopting the lessons of that experience, first as policy and then as tradition. That process still goes on and we hope it never stops. Should we ever harden too much the letter might crush the spirit. We could victimize ourselves by petty rules and prohibitions; we could imagine that we had said the last word. We might even be asking alcoholics to accept our rigid ideas or stay away. May we never stifle progress like that!

Yet the lessons of our experience count for a great deal--a very great deal, we are each convinced. The first written record of AA experience was the book, Alcoholics Anonymous. It was addressed to the heart of our foremost problem--release from the alcohol obsession. It contained personal experiences of drinking and recovery and a statement of those divine but ancient principles which have brought us a miraculous regeneration. Since publication of Alcoholics Anonymous in 1939, we have grown from 100 to 24,000 members[1]. Seven years have passed; seven years of vast experience with our next greatest undertaking--the problem of living and working together. This is today our main concern. If we can succeed in this adventure--and keep succeeding--then, and only then, will our future be secure.

-- Bill W.

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