English AA Meetings are normally guided by a topic or theme, such as reading some literature or listening to someone share their recovery story. Then attendees can share about anything related to alcoholism or recovery, whether or not it directly relates to the theme. Meetings are where members can listen, learn, and speak about their program. It is where alcoholics share their experience, strength and hope with each other so that we may find a solution to our common problem.
Most meetings listed on this site are CLOSED, which means they invite only people who have a desire to stop drinking or an interest in joining AA. If someone who does not have a problem with alcohol would like to attend a meeting, we ask that they come to an OPEN meeting. If they come to a closed meeting, the group can take a group conscience to decide whether or not the non-alcoholic can stay in a closed meeting.