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AA Fact File Introduction

Some Information About Alcoholics Anonymous

This file has been prepared to help provide basic informational material on the AA Fellowship, and in response to requests for data in a format suitable for filing and ready reference.

Millions of men and women have heard or read about the unique Fellowship called Alcoholics Anonymous since its founding in 1935. Of these, more than 2,000,000 now call themselves members. People who once drank to excess, they finally acknowledged that they could not handle alcohol, and now live a new way of life without it.

What is AA?

AA is concerned solely with the personal recovery and continued sobriety of individual alcoholics who turn to the Fellowship for help. Alcoholics Anonymous does not engage in the fields of alcoholism research, medical or psychiatric treatment, education, or advocacy in any form, although members may participate in such activities as individuals.

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Newcomers

If you seem to be having trouble with your drinking, or if your drinking has reached the point of where it worries you, you may be interested to know something about Alcoholics Anonymous and the AA programme of recovery from alcoholism. After reading this brief outline you may decide that AA has nothing to offer you.

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The 12 Steps of AA

The relative success of the AA program seems to be due to the fact that an alcoholic who no longer drinks has an exceptional faculty for "reaching" and helping an uncontrolled drinker.

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AA Traditions

During its first decade, AA as a fellowship accumulated substantial experience which indicated that certain group attitudes and principles were particularly valuable in assuring survival of the informal structure of the Fellowship.

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12 Concepts

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AA Structure in Great Britain

Whilst the following describes the general service structure in Great Britain (including its English speaking region in continental Europe), the structure in each overseas country differs in detail depending on local laws and how AA evolved there.

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AA Archives

History", wrote Thomas Carlyle, "is the essence of innumerable biographies". Perhaps nothing better sums up AA history - millions of personal stories of recovery that come together as a priceless legacy in...

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Historical Data

AA had its beginnings in 1935 at Akron, Ohio, as the outcome of a meeting between Bill W., a New York stockbroker, and Dr. Bob S., an Akron surgeon. Both had been hopeless alcoholics.

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