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Common Alcoholics Anonymous Acronyms and Slogans

Alcoholics Anonymous has numerous acronyms and slogans that you might hear someone mention or you might hear in a meeting. Depending on where you are in the world and which specific meeting you go to, you may find some of these AA acronyms and slogans more common than others.

We’ve put together a comprehensive list of AA acronyms and slogans below. If you feel we’ve missed any or want to request to add one, please contact us and let us know.

Here are the most common Alcoholics Anonymous acronyms. The list of common AA slogans is located below the acronyms.

Common Alcoholics Anonymous Acronyms

AA: Absolute Abstinence | Adventurers Anonymous | Altered Attitudes | Altruistic action | Attitude Adjustment
ABC: Acceptance, Belief, Change | Ashtrays, Broom, Coffee | Ashtrays, Broom, Chairs
ACTION: Any Change Toward Improving One’s Nature
ALCOHOLICS: A Life Centered On Helping Others Live In Complete Sobriety
ANONYMOUS: Actions Not Our Names Yield Maintenance Of Unity and Service
ASK: Ass-Saving Kit
BAR: Beware Alcohol, Run | Beware Alcoholic Ruin
BIG BOOK: Believing In God Beats Our Old Knowledge
DEAD: Drinking Ends All Dreams
DENIAL: Don’t Even Notice I Am Lying
DETACH: Don’t Even Think About Changing (Him or Her)
DUES: Desperately Using Everything but Sobriety
EGO: Easing God Out | Edging God Out
FAILURE: Fearful, Arrogant, Insecure, Lonely, Uncertain, Resentful, Empty
FAITH: Fear Ain’t In This House
FEAR: Few Ever Arrive Rejoicing | Failure Expected And Received | False Evidence Appearing Real | False Expectations Appearing Real | Fear Expressed Allows Relief | Feelings Every Alcoholic Rejects | Fighting Ego Against Reality | Forget Everything and Run | F*(|{ Everything and Run | Face Everything and Recover | Forgetting Everything’s All Right | Frantic Effort to Appear Real | Frantic Efforts to Appear Recovered
FINE: Faithful, Involved, Knowledgeable and Experienced | Feeling Insecure, Numb and Empty | Frantic, Insane, Nuts and Egotistical | Freaked out, Insecure, Neurotic and Emotional | Frustrated, Insecure, Neurotic and Emotional
GAYS: Go Ask Your Sponsor
GIFT: God Is Forever There
GOD: Good Orderly Direction | Group of Drunks
GOYA: Get Off Your Ass
GUT: God’s Undeniable Truths
HALT: Honestly, Actively, Lovingly Tolerant | Hope, Acceptance, Love and Tolerance | Hungry, Angry, Lonely, Tired | Horny, Arrogant, Lazy and Tragic
HALTS: Hungry, Angry, Lonely, Tired and Stupid
HALTS FEAR: Hope, Acceptance, Love and Tolerance Stops Forgetting that Everything’s All Right
HELP: His or Her Ever Loving Presence | Hope, Encouragement, Love and Patience
HOPE: Happy Our Program Exists | Hearing Other Peoples’ Experience | Hang On! Peace Exists
HOW: Honesty, Open-mindedness, Willingness | Honest, Open-minded and Willing
ISM: I, Self, Me | Incredibly Short Memory | InSide Me | I Sabotage Myself
KISS: Keep It Simple, Sweetheart | Keeping It Simple, Spiritually | Keep It Simple, Stupid | Keep It Simple, Sugar
NUTS: Not Using The Steps
OUR: Openly Using Recovery
PACE: Positive Attitudes Change Everything
PAID: Pitiful and Incomprehensible Demoralization
PMS: Poor Me Syndrome | Pour More Scotch
PROGRAM: People Relying on God Relaying a Message
RELATIONSHIP: Real Exciting Love Affair Turns Into Outrageous Nightmare, Sobriety Hangs In Peril
RID: Restless, Irritable and Discontented
SLIP: Sobriety Loses Its Priority
SOBER: Son Of A Bitch, Everything’s Real
SPONSOR: Sober Person Offering Newcomers Suggestions On Recovery
STEPS: Solutions To Every Problem in Sobriety | Solutions To Every Problem, Sober
STOP: Sicker Than Other People
TIME: Things I Must Earn
WILLING: When I Live Life, I Need God
YET: You’re Eligible Too

Common Alcoholics Anonymous Slogans

  1. Easy does it
  2. Live and let live
  3. First things first
  4. One day at a time
  5. Keep it simple
  6. Don’t drink even if your ass falls off.
  7. Don’t drink, don’t think and go to meetings.
  8. Call your sponsor before you pick up the first drink.
  9. A. A. is the last stop on the train.
  10. One is too many, a thousand is not enough.
  11. To be of maximum service to others.
  12. We’ll love you, until you learn to love yourself.
  13. 90 meetings in 90 days.
  14. Try to be grateful and resentful at the same time, you can’t serve two masters.
  15. Write a gratitude list and count your blessings.
  16. You can always tell an alcoholic, but you can’t tell him much.
  17. Faith chases away fear.
  18. Take other people’s inventory until you can take your own.
  19. Pain before sobriety and pain before serenity.
  20. Unity, recovery, and service.
  21. A drug is a drug.
  22. If you want to hide something from an alcoholic, hide it in the Big Book.
  23. You can talk the talk, but can you walk the walk.
  24. Live life on life’s terms.
  25. Keep coming back, it works if you work it.
  26. She came thru the back door of A.A. (Al-Anon).
  27. When we were drunk we didn’t have relationships, we took prisoners and held hostages.
  28. When we couldn’t dominate, control, or manipulate, we would ask for terms and conditions.
  29. We have to give it away to keep it.
  30. Surrender to become Victorious.
  31. The bottle, big house, or the box.
  32. Death, insanity, or recovery.
  33. Today “we” have a choice.
  34. We don’t get run over by the train, we get hit by the engine (1st. drink).
  35. If ya wonders [if your an alcoholic], then ya is.
  36. “Instant a–hole”, just add alcohol.
  37. I didn’t get into trouble every time I drank, but every time I got in trouble I was drunk.
  38. If we knew which drink was going to cause “wet brain”, we would stop just before it.
  39. I came, I came to, I came to believe.
  40. Insanity is defined as doing the same thing over, and over again, expecting different results.
  41. We are without defense against the first drink, our defense must come from a power greater than ourselves.
  42. What would the master do?
  43. A newcomer is someone with less than five years sobriety.
  44. The easier softer way is one thru twelve.
  45. Don’t work my program, or your program, work “the program”.
  46. If you want what we have and your willing to go to any length to get it, then your ready to take certain steps.
  47. Any length.
  48. A desire to stop drinking.
  49. Death is not the worst thing, it’s just the last thing.
  50. Three most dangerous words for an alcoholic, “I’ve been thinking”.
  51. Denial is not a river in Egypt.
  52. You can’t think your way into a new way of living…you have to live your way into a new way of thinking.
  53. The mind is like a parachute, it works better when it’s open.
  54. The person with the most sobriety at a meeting is the one who got up earliest that morning.
  55. It’s easier to stay sober than to get sober.
  56. The longer you stay sober, the better it gets.
  57. A meeting is an event where minutes are kept and hours are lost.
  58. To thine own self be true.
  59. When all else fails, follow directions.
  60. Stick with the winners.
  61. One alcoholic talking to another one equals one.
  62. Keep an open mind.
  63. It works, it really does!
  64. Don’t quit 5 minutes before the miracle happens.
  65. You only get out of it what you put into it.
  66. Sobriety is a journey, not a destination.
  67. The road to sobriety is a simple journey for confused people with a complicated disease.
  68. Serenity isn’t freedom from the storm; it is peace within the storm.
  69. The price for serenity and sanity is self-sacrifice.
  70. Humility is not thinking less of yourself, but thinking of yourself less.
  71. The alcoholic knows loneliness such as few do.
  72. If you find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn’t lead anywhere.
  73. The program is to be “worked”, not “fingered”.
  74. Faith without works is dead.
  75. Unless I accept my virtues, I will be overwhelmed with my faults.
  76. The program works, are you willing to?
  77. Let go and let God.
  78. But for the grace of God.
  79. There are no coincidences in A.A..
  80. I can’t handle it God, you take over.
  81. If God seems far away, who moved?
  82. It’s a simple program for complicated people.
  83. Willpower… our will-ingness to use a Higher Power.
  84. Nothing is so bad a drink won’t make it worse.
  85. A.A. is not something you join, it’s a place you finally reach.
  86. Alcoholism is an illness which only a spiritual experience will conquer.
  87. Newcomers are the lifeblood of the program, but our oldtimers are our arteries.
  88. One drink is too many, and a thousand not enough.
  89. The person I was will drink again, and the person I am won’t take the first drink.
  90. There are those too, who suffer from grave emotional and mental disorders, but many of them do recover if they have the capacity to be honest.
  91. The elevator is broken…use the steps.
  92. A treatment center is where you go and pay $25,000 to find out that A.A. meetings are free.
  93. It’s better to be seen in an A.A. meeting room, than viewed in an A.A. meeting room.
  94. If you turn it over and don’t let go of it, you will be upside down.
  95. An alcoholic can’t be grateful and hateful at the same time.
  96. A.A. is a school in which we are all learners and all teachers.
  97. The best A.A.’s are the ones that needed it the worst.
  98. God save me from being right.
  99. We have two ears and one mouth, so we should listen more than we speak.
  100. I don’t always know what’s right, but I always know what’s wrong.
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