Carrying the Message


Tradition Five states:


“Each group has but one primary purpose—to carry its message to the alcoholic who still suffers.”


For us, if we neglect those who are still sick, there is unremitting danger to our own lives and sanity. Under these compulsions of self-preservation, duty, and love, it is not strange that our Society has concluded that it has but one high mission—to carry the A.A. message to those who don’t know there’s a way out.  (Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions)


PI Graphic
  • The NHS estimates that 6.5% of the population is alcohol dependant.  
  • The World Health Organisation estimates that 5.9% of the population of the United Kingdom is alcohol dependant.
  • Let’s use 6% for simplicity sake.
  • The population in the South Midlands catchment area is roughly 677,800
  • Six percent of which is 40.668


As the graphs clearly illustrates the number of people suffering from alcohol addiction is alarming.

According to this website there are 51 meetings per week.  If we use an average attendance of 10 per meeting that is 510 active AA members in the catchment area.  That is a high estimate.

That represents a total of 1.2 percent of the six percent that are alcohol addicted, or in other words there are 40,168 alcoholics who are still suffering that may not know anything worthwhile about us.

What does all this mean, and more importantly what does all this mean to you?

That is the purpose of Tradition Five, to carry the message to the alcoholic who still suffers

The most effective way to attract those who are still suffering from active alcoholism is through the professionals that they may come into contact with.  These include:  clergy of local churches in your area, schools, universities, police, ambulance and paramedics, GP’s, accident and emergency doctors, nurses, homeless shelters, youth workers, social workers, psychiatrists, psychologists and many others.

This takes the form of initial contact normally by phone to make them aware that Alcoholics Anonymous is alive and well in this area.

To accomplish this we need people to make those calls.  

If you think you have what it takes to be useful get in touch with the Public Information Liaison for South Midlands Intergroup at


If we all do a little, we can accomplish a lot!

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