June 10, 1983

Anonymity and Alcoholics Anonymous-Reply

JAMA. 1983;249(22):3019. doi:10.1001/jama.1983.03330460019021

In Reply.—  The program and principles of AA are explained in detail in the book, Alcoholics Anonymous,1 in which may be found the "Twelve Steps" and "Twelve Traditions." Tradition 11 states: "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." Since I regard The Journal as "press" and since I subscribe to all the traditions, I choose to sign only my first name in anything appearing in print.