The Alcoholics Anonymous Preamble

Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism.

    The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. There are no dues or fees for A.A. membership; we are self-supporting through our own contributions. A.A. is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization or institution; does not wish to engage in any controversy; neither endorses nor opposes any causes. Our primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety.

"Therefore nothing can matter more to the future welfare of AA than the manner in which we use this colossus of communication. Used unselfishly and well, the results can surpass present imagination." -Bill W., AA Grapevine 1960

Printed Book Reviews of The First Printing of The Big Book
Thanks to Jim B. of Canada who put together this presentation of articles. Jim originally had these articles on the web site of historyofaa.com which is no longer online and placed here for historical & research purposes.

Let's Ask Bill W.
This series was compiled by Jim B. These excerpts from various talks and articles by and on Bill W. reveal a wealth of the thinking and insight of one of the co-founder's of Alcoholics Anonymous.

A New Approach to Psychotherapy in Chronic Alcoholism
"One powerful factor is that of self-preservation. These ex-alcoholics frequently find that unless they spend time helping others to health they cannot stay sober themselves." -by W.D. Silkworth, M.D. (You can read more of Dr. Silkworth's writing's here).
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In AA’s First Five Years
"In the early days of AA things were really different. For five years there was no Big Book. The only way to communicate with other people was to go and tell them, so that’s what we did." -Lois W.
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Dr. Bob's Last Major Talk
"Although a good many of you have heard or have read about the inception of A.A., probably there are some who haven't. From that brief story, there are things to be learned. So, even at the risk of repetition, I would like to relate exactly what did happen in those early days." -Dr. Bob
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A Fragment of History
"So far as people were concerned, the main channels of inspiration for our Steps were three in number - the Oxford Groups, Dr. William D. Silkworth of Townes Hospital and the famed psychologist, William James, called by some the father of modern psychology." -Bill W.
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AA Spiritual History Workshop
This PDF contains the slides from Jay S.' history workshop at the Men Among Men conference in Reykjavik, Iceland - 03/10/07, file size: 92.2 mb

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