Public Information (PI)
In all public relations, 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 still-suffering alcoholics, and to those who may be interested in their 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 efforts in this field should always reflect our gratitude for the gift of sobriety and our awareness that many outside of AA are equally concerned with the serious problem of alcoholism.
-From, the General Service Board of Alcoholics Anonymous, 1956. Copyright© AAWS, Inc. Used with permission.
Public Information work in AA has a long history reaching back to the publication of our basic text, Alcoholics Anonymous, in 1938, to cooperation with journalists such as Jack Alexander in the publication of his breakthrough article about AA in The Saturday Evening Post in 1941, to the work of co-founder Bill W. in helping provide information about the Fellowship during its early years of struggle and formation.
What We Do
• Participation in health fairs.
• Contributions of AA literature to public libraries.
• Placing public service announcements with radio and television stations.
• Presentations to junior high, high school, and college students and contributions of AA literature to school and college libraries.
• Presentations to patients at treatment facilities.
• Presentations at senior citizens centers and contribution of AA literature to these centers.
• Discussing the importance of public information about AA within the AA Fellowship itself.
The PI Committee works cooperatively with SENY's Cooperation with the Professional Community (CPC), Corrections, and Treatment Facilities committees and other similar local service committees where responsibilities and fields of activity may overlap.
The committee welcomes all inquiries from the general public or interested members.
Some additional good resources in PI include:
• Public Information Workbook (M-27I)
• AA Guidelines: Public Information (MG-07)
• Speaking at Non-AA Meetings (P-40)