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April 1992

Tradition Four

Each group should be autonomous except in matters affecting other groups or AA as a whole. - from the March 1948 Grapevine

Tradition Four is a specific application of general principles already outlined in Traditions One and Two. Tradition One states: "Each member of Alcoholics Anonymous is but a small part of a great whole. AA must continue to live or most of us will surely die. Hence our common welfare comes first. But individual welfare follows close afterward." Tradition Two states: "For our group purpose there is but one ultimate authority--a loving God as he may express himself in our group conscience."

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