Site updated on 7th October 2016

Alcoholics Anonymous has no opinion on outside issues; hence the A.A. name ought never be drawn into public controversy

MAY WE OFFER YOU A WARM WELCOME to the (revised) MERCAA website and invite you to KEEP COMING BACK.

In the middle east, MERCAA carries on its primary activities including translation of Arabic literature, carrying the AA message to labor camps and other institutions, facilitating 12 step and other workshops, coordinating member’s knowledge and information, and many other activities. 

It was in 2005 at the Bahrain convention that MERCAA came into being when it was agreed by all member countries that one of the things the participating member countries would do, would be to have an annual middle east convention.Accordingly MERCAA was born. 

Since 2007 – MERCAA has now begun to be represented at the world AA service level through Asia Oceania (72 countries). 

MERCAA will continue to carry the AA experience and knowledge gained in the GCC to its fellow members at Asia Oceania, gulf member states and indeed AA world services". 

The following list records conventions held in the region so far : 2002 Dubai ..2003 Muscat ..2004 Dubai .. 2005 Bahrain .. 
2006 Kuwait .. 2007 Oman .. 2008 Dubai .. 2009 Qatar .. 2010 Bahrain 10. 2011 Dubai/Al-Ain. 2012 Kuwait.. 2013 QATAR...2014 Abu Dhabi/Al Ain 



Reflection:

Never talk down to an alcoholic from any moral or spiritual hilltop; simply lay out the kit of spiritual tools for his inspection. Show him how they worked with you.
— ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 95
When I come into contact with a newcomer, do I have a tendency to look at him from my perceived angle of success in A.A.? Do I compare him with the large number of acquaintances I have made in the Fellowship? Do I point out to him in a magisterial way the voice of A.A.? What is my real attitude toward him? I must examine myself whenever I meet a newcomer to make sure that I am carrying the message with simplicity, humility and generosity. The one who still suffers from the terrible disease of alcoholism must find in me a friend who will allow him to get to know the A.A. way, because I had such a friend when I arrived in A.A. Today it is my turn to hold out my hand, with love, to my sister or brother alcoholic, and to show her or him the way to happiness.

From the book Daily Reflections Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc








ALCOHOL……Cunning…….Baffling…….Powerful. Without help it became too much for us. But we found help through the:-



DR. BOB WAS A PHYSICIAN IN AKRON OHIO AND BILL W. WAS A STOCKBROKER FROM NEW YORK.


THEY ARE FOUNDER MEMBERS OF THE FELLOWSHIP KNOWN AS ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS.


THE MEMBERSHIP IS UNIVERSAL


THERE IS JUST ONE SINGLE REQUIREMENT TO BE A MEMBER.


THAT IS; A DESIRE TO STOP DRINKING.

LASKAR AWARD TO ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS


The American Public Health Association presented the Lasker Award to Alcoholics Anonymous “in recognition of its unique and highly successful approach” to an “age-old public health and social problem, alcoholism.”
Started in 1946, these annual awards have been presented to individuals and groups which have made major contributions to public health efforts. This highly prestigious award is often compared to the Nobel Prize, and many of its laureates have received both honors. 
The presentation was made in San Francisco at the Opera House on October 30, 1951. Mr. Bernard Smith (nonalcoholic), former chairman of the Board of the Alcoholic Foundation (now the General Service Board), accepted the award on behalf of Alcoholics Anonymous.