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Alcoholics Anonymous “The Big Book” Pages 1 – 164

The text of the 1st 164 pages of Alcoholics Anonymous. Provided as “7th Tradition Software” by The Anonymous Press PO Box 1212 Malo WA 99150 Phone: (800)800-4398 e-mail: info@anonpress.org web: anonpress.org Please see http://anonpress.org/plain_text to donate or for more information. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~` Chapter 1 0 BILL’S STORY WAR FEVER ran high in the New England town…

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A VISION FOR YOU

Alcoholics Anonymous The Big Book Chapter 11 A VISION FOR YOU FOR MOST normal folks, drinking means conviviality, companionship and colorful imagination.  It means release from care, boredom and worry.  It is joyous intimacy with friends and a feeling that life is good.  But not so with us in those last days of heavy drinking. …

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TO EMPLOYERS

Alcoholics Anonymous The Big Book Chapter 10 TO EMPLOYERS AMONG MANY employers nowadays, we think of one member who has spent much of his life in the world of big business.  He has hired and fired hundreds of men.  He knows the alcoholic as the employer sees him.  His present views ought to prove exceptionally…

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THE FAMILY AFTERWARD

Alcoholics Anonymous The Big Book Chapter 9 THE FAMILY AFTERWARD OUR WOMEN FOLK have suggested certain attitudes a wife may take with the husband who is recovering.  Perhaps they created the impression that he is to be wrapped in cotton wool and placed on a pedestal.  Successful readjustment means the opposite.  All members of the…

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To Wives

Alcoholics Anonymous “The Big Book” Chapter 8 TO WIVES WITH FEW EXCEPTIONS, our book thus far has spoken of men.  But what we have said applies quite as much to women.  Our activities in behalf of women who drink are on the increase.  There is every evidence that women regain their health as readily as…

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Working with Others

Alcoholics Anonymous “The Big Book” Chapter 7 WORKING WITH OTHERS PRACTICAL EXPERIENCE shows that nothing will so much insure immunity from drinking as intensive work with other alcoholics.  It works when other activities fail.  This is our twelfth suggestion: Carry this message to other alcoholics!  You can help when no one else can.  You can…

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Into Action

Alcoholics Anonymous “The Big Book” Chapter 6 INTO ACTION HAVING MADE our personal inventory, what shall we do about it?  We have been trying to get a new attitude, a new relationship with our Creator, and to discover the obstacles in our path.  We have admitted certain defects; we have ascertained in a rough way…

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How It Works

Alcoholics Anonymous “The Big Book” Chapter 5 HOW IT WORKS RARELY HAVE we seen a person fail who has thoroughly followed our path.  Those who do not recover are people who cannot or will not completely give themselves to this simple program, usually men and women who are constitutionally incapable of being honest with themselves. …

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We Agnostics

Alcoholics Anonymous “The Big Book” Chapter 4 WE AGNOSTICS IN THE PRECEDING chapters you have learned something of alcoholism.  We hope we have made clear the distinction between the alcoholic and the nonalcoholic.  If, when you honestly want to, you find you cannot quit entirely, or if when drinking, you have little control over the…

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There is a Solution

AA Big Book Chapter 2 THERE IS A SOLUTION We, of ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, know thousands of men and women who were once just as hopeless as Bill. Nearly all have recovered. They have solved the drink problem. We are average Americans. All sections of this country and many of its occupations are represented, as well…