2018 marks the centenary of the end of the First World War, and also of the visit of a certain Bill Wilson to Winchester Cathedral. To commemorate this event there will be a number of events. See this post for more information.
In this month’s ‘Discover AA’ post we take a look at the history of our tradition of anonymity. In January 1955 Bill W. published an article in the AA Grapevine called ‘Why Alcoholics Anonymous is Anonymous’. In this article he shares some of the early AA experiences which informed this tradition.
In this month’s Discover AA post we turn to a small piece of literature that we can find in almost every AA meeting – the Just for Today card. The wallets and purses of many AA members, whether newcomer or old-timer, will often contain a copy and although often handed to newcomers, this little scrap of text provides inspiration for all. See this post for more…
‘This Matter of Honesty’ is widely regarded as one of Bill’s finest articles. It covers such topics as self-deception, anonymity with employers, choosing our advisors in AA, confidentiality and even the thorny topic of gossip.
For this month’s ‘Discover AA’ post we have a recording. A recording of Bill himself reading ‘How it Works’. You can listen to it directly from the site, or download it to your device, just use the player in this post.
This post continues our ‘Discover AA’ series. Each month a leaflet, article or short piece of literature is suggested that you might like to consider reading to help improve your knowledge of the AA programme and our history. This month we take a look at the post – A Brief History of AA. This article provides a brief introduction to some of the major points of early AA history charting our unexpected beginnings and early setbacks.
‘Dr Bob’s Nightmare’ is Dr Bob’s story in his own words detailing his experience with alcoholism and not only the beginnings of his own recovery, but that of the movement Alcoholics Anonymous.
This post continues our ‘Discover AA’ series. Each month a leaflet, article or short piece of literature is suggested that you might like to consider reading to help improve your knowledge of the AA programme and our history. This month we take a closer look at the Twelve Traditions with the pamphlet ‘The Twelve Traditions Illustrated’.
Pass it On tells the dramatic story of the founding of Alcoholics Anonymous, its early struggles and amazing growth. In these pages is the full and rounded story of a remarkable life: The boy growing up in Vermont, always striving to be Number One. The Army officer serving “over there” in World War I. Bill’s romance and marriage with Lois. The fair-haired boy of Wall Street plummeting to rum-soaked despair.
This article, ‘Why Alcoholics Anonymous is Anonymous’, was written by Bill W. and published in the AA Grapevine in January 1955. In it Bill shares AA’s early experiences and how they shaped our tradition of anonymity at the public level.