Bill W.

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Bill W.

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Portrait of Bill W., co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous


Bill Wilson, commonly known as Bill W., was one of the co-founders of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). He is also the primary author of the organization's seminal text, the Big Book.

Early Life

Bill W. was born on November 26, 1895, in East Dorset, Vermont. Brief outline of his early life, education, and early struggles with alcoholism.

Founding of Alcoholics Anonymous

Meeting Dr. Bob

Detailing the significant meeting between Bill W. and Dr. Bob, the other co-founder of AA, which led to the formation of the organization.

Development of the Twelve Steps

Bill W. played a pivotal role in the development of the Twelve Steps, the guiding principles of AA for personal recovery from alcoholism.


Bill W. is the primary author of the Big Book, and he also contributed to other key texts such as The Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions and As Bill Sees It.


Contributions to the Recovery Movement

Discuss Bill W.'s lasting impact on the recovery movement, including the spread of the Twelve Steps to other programs like Narcotics Anonymous and Al-Anon/Alateen.

Awards and Recognitions

Any awards or recognitions given to Bill W. for his contributions.

Controversies and Criticisms

Outline of controversies and criticisms directed towards Bill W., including any debates over the spiritual aspects of AA.

Further Reading

  • My Name Is Bill - a biography of Bill W.
  • Pass It On - the story of Bill W. and how the AA message reached the world.

See Also

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