What is the
“Big Book”?


"Literature has played a major role in A.A.’s growth, and a striking phenomenon of the past quarter-century has been the explosion of translations of our basic literature into many languages and dialects. In country after country where the A.A. seed was planted, it has taken root, slowly at first, then growing by leaps and bounds when literature has become available. Currently, “Alcoholics Anonymous” has been translated into forty-three languages".
Reprinted with permission from A.A. World Services, Inc.
(From the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous foreward to the fourth edition)


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The book Alcoholics Anonymous, affectionately known by members as “the Big Book,” is the textbook for our society. The first portion contains our 12-Step recovery program, the second portion contains forty-two stories of men and women who have recovered from alcoholism. Written by Bill W., co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous, and many of the first 100 members of AA, the Big Book clearly states its purpose in the fourth edition on page xiii in the “Foreward to the First Edition.”

"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 further authentication will be necessary. We think this account of our experiences will help everyone to better understand the alcoholic."
Reprinted with permission from A.A. World Services, Inc. (Big Book, p. xiii)

If you have a drinking problem, we hope that 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.”
Reprinted with permission from A.A. World Services, Inc. (Big Book, p. xii)

In the upper right-hand corner on many of the pages on this website, you will find a link to the fourth edition of the Big Book, courtesy of Alcoholics Anonymous World Services. Although you have access to Alcoholics Anonymous conference-approved literature online, we would like to encourage you to attend your nearest AA meeting.

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