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Grapevine : November 2011
28 November 2011 I N accordance with the Eleventh Tradition, the only way to break your personal anonymity is to say, "I am a member of Alcoholics Anonymous." Anything short of that is not a break of anonymity, evenifyousayitonTV,in the newspaper, online---or by paying the town crier to shout it from the roo ops. I can tell people that I gotoorhavegonetoAA meetings. ere are many open meetings, where non-AAs, doctors, family members, Al-Anons, stu- dents, journalists all go to learn more about AA. IcansayIamsober nine years, and that is not breaking my anonym- ity. Not only is there a plethora of Twelve Step programs, but you don't have to be in one to have gotten or stayed sober. (Caveat: It's what worked for me.) I can also say that I haven't had a drink in over nine years. ere are plenty of pioneers---Irish Catholics who take the pledge---who don't drink and are not in any Twelve Step group. e examples here are plentiful, I don't need to beat the sharp out of my point. Now just what is the "level of press, radio and films"? (Boy I wish Marty Mann was around to discuss this in our modern age!) Since this was written in the Traditions, technology has outpaced suggested revisions to the Getting up to speed Is it time to update our Eleventh Tradition? Do not publicly broadcast, "I am a member of AA." Traditions TRADITION ELEVEN: Our public relations policy is based on attraction rather than promotion; we need always maintain personal anonymity at the level of press, radio and films.