Anonymity Letter to Media General Service Office of Alcoholics Anonymous


Editors; News Reporters and Photo Directors;
Radio, Television and On-line Editors Producers and
Talk Show Hosts
FROM: Public Information Committee
of Alcoholics Anonymous

For many years, we in A.A. have appreciated the support we have received
from our friends in the media. You have assisted in saving countless
lives. We seek your continued cooperation in protecting the anonymity
of our members at the public level.

We ask, therefore, that in presenting A.A. members:

  • you use first names only
  • you do not use pictures in which their faces may be recognized.

Anonymity lies at the heart of our Fellowship and assures our members
that their recovery will be private. Often, the active alcoholic will
avoid any source of help which might reveal his or her identity.

Alcoholics Anonymous is not affiliated with any other organization,
although many have adapted A.A.’s Twelve Steps for their own use.
A.A. is self-supporting, declining outside contributions; and we are
non-professional, offering only the voluntary support of one alcoholic
helping another.

Throughout the world, favorable media coverage has been one of the principal
means of bringing alcoholics into our Fellowship. You have helped make
this possible, and for that we thank you.

If you are a professional and wish to e-mail
us your postal mailing address at this time so that we may send you further
information, please