(Explanation of the glossing system)
FIRST-ON-LIST, #ALL-OF-US SUCCEED TOGETHER, TOP-PRIORITY. A-A GROUP COOPERATE, MEAN EACH MEMBER RECOVER CAN.
SECOND-ON-LIST, GROUP AUTHORITY GOD HIS+. GOD MEAN "WHAT"? THINK-YOURSELVES. PEOPLE LEAD US, WE TRUST SERVE, NOT CONTROL.
THIRD-ON-LIST, ONLY REQUIRE MEMBER REALLY-WANT STOP alt.DRINK-ALCOHOL.
FOURTH-ON-LIST, EACH A-A GROUP INDEPENDENT. ONCE-IN-A-WHILE COUNSEL EACH-OTHER, FINE.
FIFTH-ON-LIST, EACH GROUP HAVE ONLY-ONE TOP-PRIORITY, INFORM"each" ALCOHOLIC STILL SUFFER.
SIXTH-ON-LIST, A-A GROUP FORBIDDEN SUPPORT, GIVE MONEY, OR LEND NAME ANY TREATMENT CENTER. WHY? PROBLEM ABOUT MONEY, PROPERTY, PRESTIGE CAUSE US OFF-POINT OUR GOAL.
SEVENTH-ON-LIST, A-A GROUPS SUPPORT SELF. OUTSIDE MONEY, SAY-#NO-TO-rt.
EIGHTH-ON-LIST, A-A PEOPLE VOLUNTEER HELP EACH-OTHER, BUT OUR SERVICE CENTER MAY HIRE SPECIAL WORKER.
NINTH-ON-LIST, A-A HIERARCHY, NOT, BUT WE HAVE (<) SERVICE BOARD, (>) COMMITTEE, TWO-OF-THEM RESPONSIBLE SERVE EACH MEMBER.
TEN, A-A ANNOUNCE OPINION ABOUT SOMETHING OUTSIDE A-A, FORBIDDEN. WHY? WE DON'T-WANT CONTROVERSY.
ELEVEN, A-A REALLY-WANT PEOPLE ATTRACTED, NOT FORCE. OUR NAME CONFIDENTIAL, NOT ADVERTISE NEWSPAPER, RADIO, MOVIE.
TWELVE, NAME CONFIDENTIAL SPIRITUAL FOUNDATION OUR TRADITION. REMIND US PRINCIPLES IMPORTANT, PERSONALITY PUT-ASIDE.
Notes: FIRST-ON-LIST and so on - NDH , PO > signer, FO > DS, and DH taps thumb for "FIRST-ON-LIST, DH  taps index finger for SECOND-ON-LIST, and taps middle finger for THIRD-ON-LIST and so on. For SIX- to NINE- the hand shape twists the thumb contact of the DH against the thumb of the NDH. TEN- and on are the same as the cardinal (regular) number.
RECOVERY - (2h), FTs touch shoulders and move away while closing to (2h)[S].
#ALL-OF-US - [A], PO > NDS, FO up touches DS shoulder then [L^], PO > signer touches NDS shoulder.
TOP-PRIORITY - palm of DH  strikes index finger of , PO > signer, FO > DS.
ALCOHOLIC - ALCOHOL ADDICT.
RECOVER - (2h), FTs touch shoulders and move away while closing to (2h)[S].
THINK-YOURSELVES - Index finger of [L] touches the temple, then moves forward while changing to an [A}, PO > NDS, FO away, and sweeps > NDS.
REALLY-WANT - the sign WANT but shaken back and forth to show intensity.
TREATMENT - T-HELP.
PROPERTY - (2h)[O^], POs up, FOs away, are held in together in place while thumbs rub against FTs, then one or both hands open to a , PO down, while moving outwards on the periphery of a circle.
PRESTIGE - Starts like the sign NAME, the NDH is left in place while the DH touches it with the [open 8] (as in the sign FEEL), then moves upwards while twisting the wrist.
CAUSE - (2h)[S] are held at the chest as if holding a rope and move forward while opening to (2h). For a QuickTime movie of this sign, see ASL browser - cause.
OFF-POINT - DH [S], PO > NDS, flicks finger off to one side.
HIERARCHY - (2h)[B^], POs ><, FOs up, touch FTs, then separate several times while moving up.
ATTRACTED - (2h), FOs up, wg while moving from face to neutral space.
CONTROVERSY - (2h) shake fingers at one another while rising.
CONFIDENTIAL - [C] is held at mouth and closes to an [S].
SPIRITUAL - SPIRIT.
FOUNDATION - NDH [S], PO > signer, FO > DS, is held out with arm parallel to the chest and DH [S], PO > signer, strikes hand from below and then strikes elbow from below.
SET-ASIDE - (2h)[B], POs > DS, with DH higher, palms are pressed against imaginary wall that is pushed to one side.
1. Our common welfare should come first; personal recovery depends upon
2. For our group purpose, there is but one ultimate authority--a loving God
as he may express Himself in our group conscience. Our leaders are but
trusted servants; they do not govern.
3. The only requirement for A.A. membership is a desire to stop drinking.
4. Each group should be autonomous except in matters affecting other groups
of A.A. as a whole.
5. Each group has but one primary purpose--to carry its message to the
alcoholic who still suffers.
6. An A.A. group ought never endorse, finance or lend the A.A. name to any
related facility or outside enterprise, lest problems of money, property
and prestige divert us from our primary purpose.
7. Every A.A. group ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside
8. Alcoholics Anonymous should remain forever nonprofessional, but our
service centers may employ special workers.
9. A.A., as such, ought never be organized; but we may create service boards
or committees directly responsible to those they serve.
10. Alcoholics Anonymous has no opinion on outside issues; hence the A.A.
name ought never be drawn into public controversy.
11. 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.
12. Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of all our traditions, ever
reminding us to place principles before personalities.
[Note: Some groups have member say, along with the chair, "principles before personalities"].