Big Book

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The Big Book

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Cover of the first edition of the Big Book


Alcoholics Anonymous: The Story of How More Than One Hundred Men Have Recovered from Alcoholism, commonly referred to as the "Big Book," is one of the foundational texts of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). It serves as both a guide for personal recovery and a detailed account of the principles and philosophies behind AA.


First Edition

The first edition of the Big Book was published in 1939. It was primarily written by AA co-founder Bill W., with contributions from other early AA members.

Subsequent Editions

The Big Book has undergone multiple editions, with added personal stories and updated language to reflect the evolving understanding of addiction.

Content Outline

The Doctor's Opinion

An introductory note by Dr. William D. Silkworth, outlining the medical understanding of alcoholism.

The Main Text

The main text contains the basic principles of AA, including chapters on the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions.

Personal Stories

A collection of personal testimonials from individuals who have found recovery through AA.


The Big Book is considered one of the most influential texts in the recovery movement. It has been translated into multiple languages and has sold millions of copies worldwide.

Criticism and Controversies

Discussion about criticisms and controversies, such as debates over the spiritual aspects and effectiveness of the program.

Further Reading

  • The Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions - a book that expands on the principles outlined in the Big Book.
  • As Bill Sees It - a collection of writings by Bill W., one of the co-founders of AA.

See Also

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