The purpose of all A.A. meetings is to “share our experience, strength, and hope with each other that we may solve our common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism.”
AA meetings may be “closed” or “open.”
Closed meetings are for those who have a drinking problem and have a desire to stop drinking. A.A. members and anyone new to AA who wants to stop drinking are welcome to attend.
Open meetings are open to all interested in A.A.’s program of recovery from alcoholism. Both Alcoholics and Non-alcoholics are welcome to attend.
A.A. group meetings are conducted by A.A. members. Participants are expected to confine their discussion to matters pertaining to the recovery from alcoholism. At open meetings, non-A.A.s may be invited to share, depending upon the conscience of the group.
Source: THE A.A. GROUP, page 16, with permission of A.A.World Services, Inc.