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Alcoholics Anonymous, The Big Book of AA

The Story of How Many Thousands of Men and Women Have Recovered from Alcoholism. Because this book has become the basic text for our Society and has helped such large numbers of alcoholic men and women to recovery, there exists strong sentiment against any radical changes being made in it. Therefore, the first portion of this volume (pages 1-164), describing the A.A. recovery program, has been left untouched in the course of revisions made for the second, third, and fourth editions. To show other alcoholics (and addicts) precisely how we have recovered is the main purpose of this book.

Preface

THIS IS the fourth edition of the book “Alcoholics Anonymous.” The first edition appeared in April 1939, and in the following sixteen years, more than… Read more »

Preface

Forward to First Edition

WE, OF Alcoholics Anonymous, are more than one hundred men and women who have recovered from a seemingly hopeless state of mind and body. To… Read more »

Forward to First Edition

Forward to Second Edition

Figures given in this foreword describe the Fellowship as it was in 1955. SINCE the original Foreword to this book was written in 1939, a… Read more »

Forward to Second Edition

The Doctor’s Opinion

Reprinted from pages xxv – xxxii the book, Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition WE OF Alcoholics Anonymous believe that the reader will be interested in the… Read more »

Chapter 1: Bill’s Story

War fever ran high in the New England town to which we new, young officers from Plattsburg were assigned, and we were flattered when the… Read more »

Chapter 2: There Is A Solution

We, of Alcoholics Anonymous, know thousands of men and women who were once just as hopeless as Bill. Nearly all have recovered. They have solved… Read more »

Chapter 2: There Is A Solution

Chapter 3: More About Alcoholism

Most of us have been unwilling to admit we were real alcoholics. No person likes to think he is bodily and mentally different from his… Read more »

Chapter 3:  More About Alcoholism

Chapter 4: We Agnostics

In the preceding chapters you have learned something of alcoholism. we hope we have made clear the distinction between the alcoholic and the non-alcoholic. If,… Read more »

Chapter 4: We Agnostics

Chapter 5: How It Works

Rarely have we seen a person fail who has thoroughly followed our path. Those who do not recover are people who cannot or will not… Read more »

Chapter 5: How It Works

Chapter 6: Into Action

Having made our personal inventory, what shall we do about it? We have been trying to get a new attitude, a new relationship with our… Read more »

Chapter 6: Into Action

Chapter 7: Working With Others

Practical experience shows that nothing will so much insure immunity from drinking as intensive work with other alcoholics. It works when other activities fail. This… Read more »

Chapter 8: To Wives

With few exceptions, our book thus far has spoken of men. But what we have said applies quite as much to women. Our activities in… Read more »

Chapter 8: To Wives

Chapter 9: The Family Afterward

Our women folk have suggested certain attitudes a wife may take with the husband who is recovering. Perhaps they created the impression that he is… Read more »

Chapter 9: The Family Afterward

Chapter 10: To Employers

Among many employers nowadays, we think of one member who has spent much of his life in the world of big business. He has hired… Read more »

Chapter 10: To Employers

Chapter 11: A Vision For You

For most normal folks, drinking means conviviality, companionship and colorful imagination. It means release from care, boredom and worry. It is joyous intimacy with friends… Read more »

Chapter 11: A Vision For You

Personal Stories From The First Edition: THE DOCTOR’S NIGHTMARE

I WAS born in a small New England village of about seven thousand souls. The general moral standard was, as I recall it, far above… Read more »

Spiritual Experience

The terms “spiritual experience” and “spiritual awakening” are used many times in this book which, upon careful reading, shows that the personality change sufficient to… Read more »