Alcoholics Anonymous is an international fellowship founded in 1939 by Bill Wilson and Dr. Bob Smith, both of which were recovering alcoholics. It is a non-professional, self-supporting and non-political initiative. Its membership is open to everyone regardless of their religion, race, age and gender. The only condition is the will to recover from alcoholism. The primary goal of AA is to help alcoholics recover, stay sober and help other alcoholics recover. The 12 steps of AA were developed by its founders to guide the alcoholics towards recovery.