Alcoholics Anonymous

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Alcoholics Anonymous

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Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) is a fellowship of individuals who share their experience, strength, and hope with each other to solve their common problem and help others recover from alcoholism. Founded in 1935 by Bill W. and Dr. Bob, it is one of the oldest and most effective programs for alcohol recovery.


AA was founded on June 10, 1935, when Bill Wilson, a New York stockbroker, met Dr. Robert Smith, a surgeon from Akron, Ohio. Both had struggled with alcoholism and found a solution through mutual support.

Program Structure

AA's program is non-professional and focuses on peer support. Meetings are the cornerstone of the program and can be:

  • Open - Available to anyone interested in AA.
  • Closed - Limited to members and prospective members only.
  • Online - Conducted over the internet for greater accessibility.

For younger individuals, AA has a specialized subgroup known as YPAA.


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See Also

  • Al-Anon/Alateen - A fellowship for families and friends of alcoholics.
  • Sponsor - Experienced AA members who offer guidance to newer members.
  • Literature - Key texts and literature associated with AA and related programs.
  • Bill W. - One of the co-founders of AA.
  • Dr. Bob - The other co-founder of AA.
  • YPAA - A subgroup aimed at younger members.

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