Message to Prison Service Professionals

What prison service professionals may want to know about A.A.

Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women whose primary purpose is to stay sober and help others to recover from alcoholism. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. A.A. work is done by A.A. members on a voluntary basis.

A.A. has no central authority and almost no structural organization. A.A. does operate a General Service Office in York that is the central information hub and the registered charity.


Prison Service professionals, A.A. members, and inmates themselves interested in starting a new A.A. group for inmates will get help from A.A.’s General Service Office.

G.S.O. will provide the pamphlet “A.A. in Prisons,” a Group Handbook and other A.A. literature.

Many local A.A. service committees will, upon request, provide informational presentations for your organisation.

Sessions can be tailored to meet your needs.


A typical agenda might include one or several A.A. films and a presentation by one or more A.A. members on “What A.A. Is and What It Is Not.”

Please look at the ‘Contact Us’ page for local & National Contact Numbers.

A.A. wants to work with you

Cooperation with the professional community is an objective of A.A., and has been since our beginnings. We are always seeking to strengthen and expand our communication with you, and we welcome your comments and suggestions. They help us to work more effectively with you in achieving our common purpose: to help the alcoholic who still suffers.