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.

OPEN Open meetings welcome non-AA members.
CLOSED Closed meetings are only for people with a desire to stop drinking or who believe they may have a problem with alcohol.
As Bill Sees It  An entry in the book As Bill Sees It is read to start off the meeting.
Speaker These meetings begin with a member sharing their story of recovery. Often people will describe what it was like, what happened, and what it’s like now.
Big Book  A chaper or part of a chapter is read from Alcoholics Anonymous, referred to as The Big Book.
12 by 12 A chapter or part of a chapter is read from Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions.
Living Sober A chapter is read from the book Living Sober.
Meditation A quiet meditation inspired by a daily reflection begins the meeting.
Business Business meetings are where members come to group conscious on issues affecting the local AA Group.

Following the 8th and 9th traditions:
8. Alcoholics Anonymous should remain forever nonprofessional
9. AA, as such, ought never be organized; but we may create service boards or committees directly responsible to those they serve