The First Edition of Alcoholics Anonymous 1939


We, of Alcoholics Anonymous, are many thousands of men and women who have recovered from a seemingly hopeless state of mind and body. To show other alcoholics PRECISELY HOW WE HAVE RECOVERED is the main purpose of this book. For them, we hope these pages will prove so convincing that no furthur aunthentication will be necessary. We think this account of our experiences will help everyone to better understand the alcoholic. Many do not comprehend that the alcoholic is a very sick person. And besides, we are sure that our way of living has its advantages for all.
("The Big Book" page xiii)

From page 63 to 84 in the Big Book, the First One Hundred (the authors of the Big Book) show us exactly how we go from a seemingly hopeless state of mind and body, to a state where we have been recovered and become happy, joyous and free!

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It could be difficult to keep focus on the text in the Big Book, when you read it for the first time. The Assignments help us to more easily focus on some of the most important sections.