Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) is a fellowship of men and women who share a common desire - the desire to recover from alcoholism. AA was started in 1935 by a New York stockbroker and an Ohio surgeon who had both been alcoholics. They founded AA to help others who suffered from the disease of alcoholism and to maintain their own sobriety.
AA grew with the formation of autonomous groups, first in the USA and then around the world, and started in Australia in 1945. It is estimated that there are more than 97,000 groups and 2,000,000 AA members in 150 countries.
At Alcoholics Anonymous in Wollongong, our primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics achieve sobriety. We welcome and respect members from all walks of life and we are not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organisation or institution. We do not wish to engage in any controversy, neither do we endorse or oppose any causes.
We charge no fees for belonging to AA and, as a voluntary organisation; we are self-supporting through our own contributions.