Big Book Of AA

Preface

This is the second edition of the book “Alcoholics Anonymous.” The first edition appeared in April 1939, and in the following sixteen years, more than...

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...

Chapter 2 –  There Is A Solution

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...

Chapter 3 – More About Alcoholism

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...

Chapter 4 – We Agnostics

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...

Chapter 5 – How It Works

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...

Chapter 6 – Into Action

  Chapter 6 INTO ACTION Having made our personal inventory, what shall we do about it? We have been trying to get a new attitude,...

Chapter 7 – Working With Others

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...

Chapter 8 – To Wives

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...

Chapter 9 – The Family Afterward

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...

Chapter 10 – To Employers

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...

Chapter 11 – A Vision For You

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....

Doctor Bob’s Nightmare

DOCTOR BOB’S NIGHTMARE A co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous. The birth of our Society dates from his first day of permanent sobriety, June 10, 1935. To...

Alcoholics Anonymous Number Three

ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS NUMBER THREE Pioneer member of Akron’s Group No. 1, the first A.A. group in the world. He kept the faith; therefore, he and...

Appendix I – The A.A. Tradition

The A.A. Tradition       To those now in its fold, Alcoholics Anonymous has made the difference between misery and sobriety, and often the difference between life...

Appendix II – Spiritual Experience

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...

Appendix III – The Medical View On A.A.

The Medical View On A.A.       Since Dr. Silkworth’s first endorsement of Alcoholics Anonymous, medical societies and physicians throughout the world have set their approval upon...

Appendix IV – The Lasker Award

The Lasker Award       In 1951 the Lasker Award was given Alcoholics Anonymous. The citation reads in part as follows: “The American Public Health Association presents...

Appendix V – The Religious View On A.A.

The Religious View On A.A.       Clergymen of practically every denomination have given A.A. their blessing.       Edward Dowling, S.J., * of the Queen’s Work staff says,...

Appendix VI – How To Get In Touch With A.A.

How To Get In Touch With A.A.       In the United States and Canada, most towns and cities have A.A. groups. In such places, A.A. can...