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AA is one of the oldest and most popular addiction recovery programs in the world. Based on the 12 Step model of recovery, the program emphasizes whole-person healing through peer-directed process group support and recovery-focused life skills development.

AA meetings in Georgia may be found in every community, with both open and closed sessions occurring daily, including evening, night, weekend, and holiday meetings. Gender and age-specific groups are also available, as well as meetings for special populations, including veterans and military personnel, indigenous persons and persons of color, members of the LGBTQ+ community, and speakers of languages other than English. Immediate access to support is also available through the Atlanta AA hotline, which operates from 9am to midnight, 365 days per year.

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More than 5200 lives are lost in Georgia each year due to alcohol. Though a proportion of these fatalities result from acute exposure, such as alcohol poisoning or alcohol-related accidents and injuries, the majority of lives lost, more than 55%, are due to chronic diseases resulting from prolonged alcohol abuse. This speaks to the reality that alcohol use disorder (AUD) in Georgia is not just a disease of youth. It is a persistent and pervasive problem that does not get better on its own. Recovery is possible, but not without support.

Alcoholism Statistics in Georgia

Though rates of alcohol misuse in Georgia appear to be slightly below the national average, particularly among military veterans, the state is by no means immune from the impact of alcoholism. Indeed, recent evidence suggests a troubling trend in the increasing prevalence of alcohol-related deaths state-wide. 

  • An estimated 12.1% of adults who have served in the military report drinking excessively within the previous 30 days, slightly lower than the national average of 16.9% among US military and veterans.
  • An estimated 16.5% of women between the ages of 18 and 44 reported drinking excessively within the previous 30 days (i.e. 4 or more drinks on one occasion or 8 or more drinks per week).
  • The number of alcohol-related deaths in Georgia increased by more than 46% between 2015 and 2019.
  • An estimated 14% of high school students in Georgia are binge drinkers, compared with the national average of 11%.

Popular Types of AA Meetings in Georgia

AA is widely recognized by its signature process group meetings, which may be found in public venues, from church basements to community centers, in cities and towns across the US. But AA programs are by no means monolithic. There are groups and meetings to suit every interest and recovery need. Below are just a few of the most popular types of AA meetings in Georgia.

  • Big Book: Big Book meetings in Georgia are designed to help participants cultivate critical recovery-focused life skills aimed to prevent relapse and support participants’ physical, psychological, emotional, social, and spiritual well-being. These meetings center on the study of topics drawn from the AA “Big Book,” the compendium of recovery curricula on which the entire AA program is based.
  • 12 Step: 12 Step AA meetings in Georgia are designed to reinforce the stages-of-change model that is the cornerstone of AA’s approach to recovery. The 12 steps pertain to tangible and specific actions or changes that participants must undertake, with the support of the group and their recovery sponsor, to advance their holistic recovery. These meetings typically involve the study of one of the 12 steps, including discussions and actionable insights into the achievement of that particular step.
  • Open/Closed Meetings: Many AA meetings in Georgia are open to the general public, meaning that anyone who is interested in the program can attend, whether or not they have a drinking problem or are ready to pursue recovery. Some meetings, however, are closed, meaning that they are available only to those who have a recognized dependency on alcohol and a willingness to actively pursue sobriety.

Online AA Meetings in Georgia

In addition to in-person meetings. AA members in Georgia also have a variety of online resources to choose from. This includes virtual group meetings, online recovery education programs, guest speaker events hosted on the web, and even one-on-one coaching and personalized recovery support tools. Participants may download sobriety trackers, sign up for daily affirmations and recovery tips sent right to their phone, or reach out for immediate support whenever and wherever they may need it. Through AA’s online platforms, Georgians in recovery can instantly access the specific resources they require, such as women-only or LGBTQ-focused groups or recovery tools in languages other than English, without having to travel great distances or wait for the next special interest program.

Resources for Alcohol Addiction

Myriad state and local resources are available, day or night, for persons recovering from alcohol addiction in Georgia. These include:

Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities

This state agency connects Georgians with a wide variety of state and community-based resources, including intervention and detoxification services, inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation programs, and court-mandated services for youth, adults, and special client populations, including women, clients with hearing impairments, and clients with HIV.

Georgia Council on Substance Abuse

This organization connects Georgians to specialized programs designed to meet clients’ diverse recovery needs and goals, including AA, NA, Al-Anon and Alateen groups; faith-based treatment; juvenile justice drug and alcohol programs, crisis intervention and harm reduction services, and more. Resources include education, prevention, intervention, and treatment programs for youth, adults, and seniors.

Georgia VA Substance Use Disorder Programs, US Department of Veterans Affairs

This program provides resources for and access to substance use disorder (SUD) treatment for military personnel, veterans, and their families across the state of Georgia. This includes prevention, education, intervention, and treatment services for adolescents, adults, and seniors, including clients with co-occurring addiction and mental illness, such as trauma disorders.


  1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2024). State Fact Sheets: Addressing Excessive Alcohol Use. Available at
  2. (2024). Drug Use Statistics in the United States–2023 Annual Review. Available at
  3. United Health Foundation (2024). America’s Health Rankings. Available at
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