|"The Big Book" Online|
"This is the fourth edition of the
book "Alcoholics Anonymous." The first edition appeared in April 1939, and
in the following sixteen years, more than300,000 copies went into
circulation. The second edition, published in 1955, reached a total
of more than 1,150,500 copies. The third edition, which came off
press in 1976, achieved a circulation of 11,689,000.
Because this book became the basic text for our Society and has helped such large numbers of alcoholic men and women to recovery, there exists strong sentiment against any radical changes being made in it. Therefore, the first portion of this volume, describing the A.A. recovery program, has been left untouched in the course of the revisions made for the second, third and fourth editions. The section called "The Doctors Opinion" has been kept intact, just as it was originally written in 1939 by the late Dr. William D. Silkworth, our society's great medical benefactor....
If you have a drinking problem, we hope you may pause in reading one of the forty-two personal stories and think: "Yes, that happened to me"; or more important, "Yes, I've felt like that"; or, most important, "Yes, I believe this program can work for me too.""
Alcoholic Anonymous pg.xiii
It brings me great joy in offering this online version of the first 164 pages of "The Big Book" of Alcoholics Anonymous. I pray that you will receive the miracles this program has to offer, and that you may lead a life that is "happy, joyous and free!"
|The Doctors Opinion|
|There is a Solution|
|More About Alcoholism|
|How it Works|
|Working with Others|
|The Family Afterward|
|A Vision for You|