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Alcoholics Anonymous

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  1. an international organization that provides a support group for persons trying to overcome alcoholism
    • lexical domain: Groups - nouns denoting groupings of people or objects
    • scientific name: AA
    • more generic terms: NGO / nongovernmental organization = an organization that is not part of the local or state or federal government


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. Alcoholics Anonymous can also be defined as an informal society of more than 2,000,000 recovered alcoholics in the United States, Canada, and other countries. These men and women meet in local groups, which range in size from a handful in some localities to many hundreds in larger communities.A.A. traces its beginnings back to Bill W.’s 1935 meeting with cofounder Dr. Bob S., an Akron, Ohio, physician who also suffered from alcoholism.  After Dr. Bob took his last drink on June 10 of that year, the two men set about to aid other alcoholics.  The Fellowship had about 100 members by 1939, when they published “Alcoholics Anonymous,” the society’s basic text, which is now in its fourth edition and has been published in 58 languages.  By 1950, the year of Dr. Bob’s passing, A.A. had 100,000 members and was reaching out to many countries.  Bill W. authored the now-famous Twelve Steps as well as the Twelve Traditions which serve as A.A. guidelines.

  • also known as Alcoholics Anonymous., AA Services, Alcoholics Anonymous World Services Inc
  • written works: "Reflexiones Diarias", "Llegamos a Creer - Came to Believe", "TRANSMITELO", "Adsiz Alkolikler", "The history of Washington State Alcoholics Anonymous, 1941-1966", "A.A. service manual", "Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions", "A a En Prisiones", "Como Lo Ve Bill", "Alcoholics Anonymous - Big Book 4th Edition", "Living Sober", "Came to Believe", "The Little Red Book"
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"Alcoholics Anonymous" a.k.a. "The Big Book": Alcoholics Anonymous: The Story of How Many Thousands of Men and Women Have Recovered from Alcoholism is a 1939 basic text, describing how to recover from alcoholism, primarily written by one of the founders of Alcoholics Anonymous, Bill W. but with one chapter, "To Employers" written by Henry Parkhurst. It is the originator of the seminal "twelve-step method" widely used to attempt to treat many addictions, from alcoholism and heroin addiction to marijuana addiction, as well as overeating, sex addiction, gambling addiction, with a strong spiritual and social emphasis.

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Google previewEncyclopedia of Interpersonal Violence (2008)

by Claire M. Renzetti, Jeffrey L. Edleson

Melissa Hamilton See also Alcoholics Anonymous Further Readings Alcoholics Anonymous. (2002).

Alcoholics Anonymous: The story of how many thousands of men and women have recovered from alcoholism (4th ed.). New York: ...

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of the 1940s (2015)

by James Gilbert Ryan, Leonard C Schlup

ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS (AA), alcoholism treatment program. An Akron, Ohio, surgeon, Dr. Robert Smith, and a New York stockbroker, Bill Wilson, met in Akron in 1935. Alcoholics both, each had been exploring possible spiritual cures for ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of American Social Movements (2015)

by Immanuel Ness

Alcoholics Anonymous should remain forever nonprofessional, but our service centers may employ special workers. 9. AA, as such, ought never be organized; but we may create service boards or committees directly responsible to those they ...

Google previewThe SAGE Encyclopedia of Abnormal and Clinical Psychology (2017)

by Amy Wenzel

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) is an international peer support, mutualhelp organization (MHO) comprising men and women who have suffered from addiction to alcohol. Individuals gather regularly in group meetings to provide mutual support ...

Google previewAlcohol and Drugs in North America: A Historical Encyclopedia [2 volumes] (2013)

A Historical Encyclopedia by David M. Fahey, Jon S. Miller

published in 39 languages, and more than a million copies of its basic text, Alcoholics Anonymous, are sold each year. AA's success can be attributed to many things, but the unique organizational structure and the operating principles set forth ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Counseling (2008)

by Frederick T. Leong

Source: Alcoholics Anonymous. This is AA . . . an introduction to the AA recovery program [Brochure]. (1984). Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc. ( conference approved literature), page 20. The Twelve Steps and excerpts from the ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Social Deviance (2014)

by Craig J. Forsyth, Heith Copes

The book Alcoholics Anonymous: The Story of How Many Thousands of Men and Women Have Recovered From Alcoholism was released in 1939, giving its name to the fledgling movement, garnering publicity, and leading to the rapid growth ...

Google previewDrugs in American Society: An Encyclopedia of History, Politics, Culture, and the Law [3 volumes] (2014)

by Nancy E. Marion, Willard M. Oliver

Alcoholics Anonymous Is Founded Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) begins in Akron, Ohio. It is the outcome of a meeting between Bill Wilson, a New York stockbroker, and Dr. Bob Smith, an Akron surgeon, both of whom had been hopeless ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Medical Anthropology (2004)

Health and Illness in the World's Cultures Topics - Volume 1; Cultures - by Carol R. Ember, Melvin Ember

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) is a fellowship of individuals whose primary concern is to stop drinking. An anomalous organization with no dues, formal membership, or budget, it has millions of attendees and a meeting can be found in most ...

Google previewThe Oxford Encyclopedia of American Cultural and Intellectual History (2013)

by Joan Shelley Rubin, Paul S. Boyer, Professor Scott E. Casper

Jason Mellard ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS Alcoholics Anonymous, founded in 1935 by Bill Wilson and Robert Smith, is both an international organization and an amateur therapy system for treating alcoholism and other addictive behaviors.

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The only thing I'm addicted to is winning. This bootleg cult, arrogantly referred to as Alcoholics Anonymous, reports a 5 percent success rate. My success rate is 100 percent. (Charlie Sheen)
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