The first Public Information Committee in AA was formed by the General Service Board in 1956. At that time, the following statement of “AA’s movement-wide public information policy” was written and approved at the General Service Conference:
In all public relations, AA’s sole objective is to help the still suffering alcoholic. Always mindful of the importance of personal anonymity we believe this can be done by making known to him and to those who may be interested in his problems, our own experience as individuals and as a Fellowship in learning to live without alcohol. We believe that our experience should be made available freely to allwho express sincere interest. We believe further that all efforts in this field should always reflect our gratitude of the gift of sobriety and our awareness that many outside AA are equally concerned with the serious problems of alcoholism.