Because AA has never attempted to keep formal membership lists, it is extremely difficult to obtain completely accurate figures on total membership at any given time. Some local groups are not listed with the countries General Service Office. Others do not provide membership data, thus are not recorded. The membership figures listed below are based on reports to the General Service Office as of January 1, 1998, plus an average allowance for groups that have not reported their membership.
There is no practical way of counting members who are not affiliated with a local group.
Of these 108 are internationalists and 312 are lone members
Internationalists (Seagoing AAs)
Approximately 108 persons (including women) in naval service or the merchant marine on sea duty describe themselves as "AA Internationalists." Staff members of the U.S./Canada General Service Office correspond with these members and make it possible for them to correspond with each other. Internationalists have been responsible for starting and encouraging local AA groups in many foreign ports.
Some 312 men and women living in isolated areas throughout the world (or in areas where it has not been possible to form a local group) are listed at the General Service Office of the U.S./Canada as Lone Members. Many achieved sobriety solely through study of AA literature. They correspond with G.S.O. and with their counterparts in other sections of the world. In a number of cases, notably U.S. military installations overseas, Loners have been responsible for establishing local groups.