About AA

Alcoholics Anonymous was founded on June 10, 1935, when a newly sober stockbroker had a long conversation with a not-so-sober physician. It was thus discovered that one alcoholic working with another alcoholic was part of the solution to a lasting sobriety. The 12-Step program of Alcoholics Anonymous sprang from the initial meeting of those two alcoholics, and today it is a worldwide organization that helps alcoholics recover from the disease of alcoholism.

The organization took its name from a book that was written in 1939. It was co-authored by the first 100+ sober members of Alcoholics Anonymous, however the main writing of the book is attributed to the first two sober members, Bill W. and Dr. Bob.

The AA program is not a religion. AA is a spiritual program of action. AA is all-inclusive, never exclusive, so if you have a problem with alcohol you are welcome to attend any meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous anywhere in the world.


The first meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous in Calgary was held on October 17, 1945. Today, an average of 125 groups host an average of 300 AA meetings PER WEEK within the Calgary area. Meetings begin as early as 7:00am and occur throughout the day and evening. There are even midnight meetings in some areas of the city.