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Role of the Group


Each group has but one primary purpose - to carry its message to the still suffering alcoholic (Tradition 5).

At the time of writing there are approximately 4400 group meetings each week throughout the GB service structure. The whole focus of AA service is carrying the message to the still suffering alcoholic and the group meeting is its main engine room, where alcoholics at all stages of recovery can share their experience, strength and hope.

Groups constitute the front line of AA service and the other tiers i.e. intergroups, regions and General Service Board are there to support the groups in an inverted pyramid structure.

Meetings are run by a team of group members who take on the roles of secretary, treasurer, literature secretary, tea and coffee provider and greeters. groups are encouraged to appoint a Group Service Representative (GSR), generally with a proven track record in service, who coordinates service activity on behalf of the group.