Public Information Committee

What is Public Information

Public Information (PI) means carrying the A.A. program and message of recovery to the still-suffering alcoholic, professionals, and to the general public. This is done via outreach to media, schools, healthcare, and other organizations, who can pass this information on to others. PI is handled at the national, international, or local level, and in conformance with A.A. guidelines:

    Public Information Guidelines
    Public Information Workbook
    Professional Community Guidelines
    Courts & Drunk Driving Guidelines
    Information on Anonymity

The first PI committee was formed in 1956 by the A.A. General Service Board. At that time, the following statement of "A.A.'s movement-wide public information policy" was approved by the General Service Conference:

In all public relations, A.A.’s sole objective is to help the still suffering alcoholic. Always mindful of the importance of personal anonymity we believe this can be done by making known to him, and to those who may be interested in his problems, our own experience as individuals and as a Fellowship in learning to live without alcohol. We believe that our experience should be made available freely to all who express sincere interest. We believe further that all efforts in this field should always reflect our gratitude for the gift of sobriety and our awareness that many outside A.A. are equally concerned with the serious problem of alcoholism.

Purpose of Public Information

The A.A. co-founder Bill W. wrote: Public Information takes many forms — the simple sign outside a meeting place that says "A.A. meeting tonight;" listing in local phone directories; distribution of A.A. literature; and radio and television shows using sophisticated media techniques. Whatever the form, it comes down to "one drunk carrying the message to another drunk," whether through personal contact or through the use of third parties and the media.

For those A.A. members who decide to speak about A.A. at a non-A.A. meeting….you assume a serious responsibility. Even though you are careful to explain that you are not speaking for A.A. as a whole, many members of the audience will base their good or bad opinion of the Fellowship on what is said and how it is said. The reaction of nonalcoholic listeners and their consequent referring or failure to refer alcoholics to A.A. may someday mean the difference between life and death to still-suffering alcoholics.

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Grafton Job Corps has contacted Worcester Area Intergroup to help arrange for commitments to their young people to hear the message of recovery.

You can reach the Public Information committee at PIChair@aaworcester.org for more information.