The AA Grapevine is the international journal of Alcoholics Anonymous, which was founded in 1944. It is written, edited, illustrated, and read by the members of Alcoholics Anonymous and other people interested in alcoholism treatment. The main goal of the journal is to convey the AA message to every person interested in recovery from alcoholism. The journal reflects the experience of AA members on topics related to recovery from alcohol addiction. The AA Grapevine operates in accordance with the Twelve Steps, the Twelve Traditions, and the Twelve Concepts of Alcoholics Anonymous.
The AA Grapevine is often referred to as a “meeting in print.” The journal does not receive group contributions but is supported through journal and web subscription sales.
Throughout its history, the journal has been a forum for various opinions of A.A.s around the globe.
Bill W. said: “The Grapevine will be the voice of the Alcoholics Anonymous movement. Its editors and staff will be primarily accountable to the A.A. movement as a whole… Within the bounds of friendliness and good taste, Grapevine will enjoy perfect freedom of speech on all matters directly pertaining to Alcoholic Anonymous…. Like the Alcoholics Anonymous movement, it is to mirror, there will be but one central purpose: The Grapevine will try to carry the A.A. message to alcoholics and practice the A.A. principles in all its affairs.”