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...