AA unity is guided by our collective adherence to the Twelve Traditions of Alcoholics Anonymous.
The Twelve Traditions provide guidelines for relationships between the groups, members, the global Fellowship, and society at large. Questions of finance, public relations, donations, and purpose are addressed in the Traditions. There is both a short form and a long form of the Traditions. The Traditions were first published in the April 1946 AA Grapevine under the title “Twelve Points to Assure Our Future.” Essays on the Traditions are found in the book Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions.