Alcoholics Anonymous: The Big Book (4th Edition) by Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)

By Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)

The fourth version contains twenty-four new tales that offer modern sharing for rookies looking restoration from alcoholism in A.A. through the early years of the twenty first century. 16 tales are retained from the 3rd variation, together with the "Pioneers of A.A." part, which is helping the reader stay associated with A.A.'s historical roots, and exhibits how early contributors utilized this straightforward yet profound software that is helping alcoholics get sober this present day. nearly 21 million copies of the 1st 3 variations of "Alcoholics Anonymous" were dispensed. it truly is anticipated that the hot fourth version will play its half in passing on A.A.'s easy message of restoration. This fourth version has been authorized via the overall provider convention of Alcoholics nameless, within the desire that many extra might be led towards restoration by way of examining its clarification of the A.A. software and its diverse examples of private reviews which exhibit that the A.A. software works.

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I was aghast. So that was it—last summer an alcoholic crackpot; now, I suspected, a little cracked about religion. He had that starry-eyed look. Yes, the old boy was on fire all right. But bless his heart, let him rant! Besides, my gin would last longer than his preaching. But he did no ranting. In a matter of fact way he told how two men had appeared in court, persuading the judge to suspend his commitment. They had told of a simple religious idea and a practical program of action. That was two months ago and the result was self-evident.

It’s strong language—but isn’t it true? Some of you are thinking: “Yes, what you tell us is true, but it doesn’t fully apply. We admit we have some of these symptoms, but we have not gone to the extremes you fellows did, nor are we likely to, for we understand ourselves so well after what you have told us that such things cannot happen again. We have not lost everything in life through drinking and we 39 certainly do not intend to. ’’ That may be true of certain nonalcoholic people who, though drinking foolishly and heavily at the present time, are able to stop or moderate, because their brains and bodies have not been damaged as ours were.

They had said that though I did raise a defense, it would one day give way before some trivial reason for having a drink. Well, just that did happen and more, for what I had learned of alcoholism did not occur to me at all. I knew from that moment that I had an alcoholic mind. I saw that will power and self-knowledge would not help in those strange mental blank spots. I had never been able to understand people who said that a problem had them hopelessly defeated. I knew then. It was a crushing blow.

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