The Language of AA Online Meetings

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Getting to know these acronyms is essential in fully utilizing Alcoholic Anonymous resources





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You could be forgiven for thinking that when you enter the world of online AA meetings and AA chat rooms, that those participating are speaking a different language.

And, to a certain extent, you would be right.

There are a large number of terms used in these online AA meetings meetings that resemble the words we use everyday but that seem meaningless in the context they are used online.

This is because they are, in fact, acronyms.

(You may also come across these acronyms during 'real world' Alcoholic Anonymous meetings.)

Listed below are the most common of the acronyms in use in AA online meetings.

So if you are ever puzzled during an AA online meeting or in an AA chat room then come back here and refer to our list.


Commonly Used Terms In AA Online Meetings and AA Chat rooms:

  • AA = Absolute Abstinence
  • AA = Adventurers Anonymous
  • AA = Altered Attitudes
  • AA = Altruistic action
  • AA = Attitude Adjustment
  • ABC = Acceptance, Belief, Change
  • ABC = Ashtrays, Broom, Coffee
  • ABC = 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
  • BAR = 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/Her
  • DUES = Desperately Using Everything but Sobriety
  • EGO = Easing God Out
  • EGO = Edging God Out
  • FAILURE = Fearful, Arrogant, Insecure, Lonely, Uncertain, Resentful, Empty
  • FAITH = Fear Ain't In This House
  • FEAR= Few Ever Arrive Rejoicing
  • FEAR = Failure Expected And Received
  • FEAR = False Evidence Appearing Real
  • FEAR = False Expectations Appearing Real
  • FEAR = Fear Expressed Allows Relief
  • FEAR = Feelings Every Alcoholic Rejects
  • FEAR = Fighting Ego Against Reality
  • FEAR = Forget Everything and Run (polite version)
  • FEAR = Fuck Everything and Run!
  • FEAR = Face Everything and Recover!
  • FEAR = Forgetting Everything's All Right
  • FEAR = Frantic Effort to Appear Real
  • FEAR = Frantic Efforts to Appear Recovered
  • FINE = Faithful, Involved, knowledgeable and Experienced
  • FINE = Feeling Insecure, Numb and Empty
  • FINE = Frantic, Insane, Nuts and Egotistical
  • FINE = Freaked out, Insecure, Neurotic and Emotional
  • FINE = Frustrated, Insecure, Neurotic and Emotional
  • FINE = F--cked, Insecure, Neurotic and Emotional
  • GAYS = Go Ask Your Sponsor
  • GIFT = God Is Forever There
  • GOD = Good Orderly Direction
  • GOD = Group of Drunks
  • GOYA = Get Off Your Ass
  • GUT = God's Undeniable Truths
  • HALT = Honestly, Actively, Lovingly Tolerant
  • HALT = Hope, Acceptance, Love and Tolerance
  • HALT = Hungry, Angry, Lonely, Tired
  • HALT = 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 Ever Loving Presence
  • HELP = Her Ever Loving Presence
  • HELP = Hope, Encouragement, Love and Patience
  • HOPE = Happy Our Program Exists
  • HOPE = Hearing Other Peoples' Experience
  • HOPE = Hang On! Peace Exists...
  • HOW = Honesty, Open-mindedness, Willingness
  • HOW = Honest, Open-minded and Willing
  • ISM = I, Self, Me
  • ISM = Incredibly Short Memory
  • ISM = Inside Me
  • ISM = I Sabotage Myself
  • KISS = Keep It Simple, Stupid
  • KISS = Keep It Simple, Sugar
  • KISS = Keep It Simple, Sweetheart
  • KISS = Keeping It Simple, Spiritually
  • MMM = Meetings, Meditation and Masturbation
  • NUTS = Not Using The Steps
  • OUR = Openly Using Recovery
  • PACE = Positive Attitudes Change Everything
  • PAID = Pitiful And Incomprehensible Demoralization
  • PMS = Poor Me Syndrome
  • PMS = 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
  • SOB = Sober Old Bag
  • SOB = Sober Old Bastard
  • SOB = Sober Old Biker
  • SOB = Sober Old Bitch
  • SOBER = Son Of A Bitch, Everything's Real
  • SPONSOR = Sober Person Offering Newcomers Suggestions On Recovery
  • STEPS = Solutions To Every Problem in Sobriety
  • STEPS = 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

If you know of any more acronyms used in offline or AA online meetings and chat rooms, then contact us, and we'll put them up on this page.





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