The 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 Many Thousands of Men and Women Have Recovered from Alcoholism, commonly referred to as The Big Book, is the basic text for Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). Written primarily by Bill W., one of the co-founders of AA, it outlines the principles and foundations of the program.

Content Overview

The Big Book is divided into two main parts:

Personal Stories

This section includes testimonies and stories from people who have found recovery through AA.

The Twelve Steps

This part of the book explains the Twelve Steps in detail, providing the backbone of the AA program.

History and Editions

The first edition of The Big Book was published in 1939. Discuss the various editions and significant updates that have occurred over the years.


The Big Book is considered the seminal text for understanding the principles of AA and has been translated into numerous languages, helping millions worldwide find a path to recovery.

Criticisms and Controversies

Outline of criticisms and controversies regarding the text, such as debates over its spiritual focus, effectiveness, or lack of scientific backing.

Further Reading

See Also

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