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Minneapolis alcoholic recovery rates from the 1943 – 1945 indicates that 75% of its members are successful at staying sober!

Of alcoholics who came to A.A. and really tried, 50% got sober at once and remained that way; 25% sobered up after some relapses, and among the remainder, those who stayed on with A.A. showed improvement. Other thousands came to a few A.A. meetings and at first decided they didn't want the program. But great numbers of these--about two out of three--began to return as time passed. (pg. xx, A.A. Big Book, 4th Edition)

The Grapevine Newsletter, August 1946, Pg.1

The Minneapolis Group, in March, 1943, inaugurated a system for keeping a record of the recovery of members from three months on up. As a result, the following exact percentages have been arrived at:

Recovery Rates For the Year 1945
5 year members 100% successful 0% slipped
4 year members 100% successful 0% slipped
3 year members 100% successful 0% slipped
2 year members 89% successful 11% slipped
18 month members 90% successful 10% slipped
1 year members 80% successful 20% slipped
9 month members 82% successful 18% slipped
6 month members 70% successful 30% slipped
3 month members 48% successful 52% slipped
*Of those who slipped in 1945, only 16.5% have worked back to any degree of recovery!
Overall Recovery Rates From 1943 - 1945 in Minneapolis
1943 78% successful 22% slipped
1944 83% successful 17% slipped
1945 77% successful 23% slipped