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In 1956 the U.S./Canada General Service Conference of AA adopted unanimously the following statement of "AA's Public Information Policy":

In all public relationships, AA'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 problem, 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 our efforts in this field should always reflect our gratitude for the gift of sobriety and our awareness that many outside AA are equally concerned with the serious problem of alcoholism.

This statement reflects a long-standing AA tradition of not seeking publicity for promotional purposes, but of always being willing to cooperate with representatives of all media who seek information about the recovery program or about the structure of the Fellowship.

In Great Britain, information and public relations matters affecting the fellowship as a whole are dealt with by the General Service Board through national committees dealing with public information, health, prisons, probation, employment and armed services.

Reporters are welcome at AA open meetings, dinners, regional get-togethers, or similar gatherings of recovered alcoholics. The only restriction is a request not to disclose the name of any AA member. (For obvious reasons, photographs cannot be taken at AA meetings.)

NOTE: In many areas of the United Kingdom, AA members have established committees on public information and cooperation with the professional community, to assist local media in obtaining accurate information about the Fellowship. Background material on AA may also be obtained upon request from these groups.