AA guidebook marks 75th year

In 1939, Bill W. and Dr. Bob S. published a book that is listed on Time Magazine’s 2011 list of 100 most influential books written in English. Celebrating its 75th anniversary this year is “Alcoholics Anonymous,” often called “The Big Book” by its followers.

The book contained accounts of people who had overcome alcohol addiction by following a series of steps. It also theorized that alcoholism is a disease, not a behavior of choice, and that the alcoholic “is a very sick person.”

Alcoholics and professionals took notice of the book and its unique approach. By 2010, the 30-millionth book was presented to the American Medical Association. The “Big Book” is in its fourth edition and available in print, audio and electronic formats.

To observe the book’s 75th anniversary, a commemorative edition of the original was published in April.

To learn more about the book or about the organization Alcoholics Anonymous, visit www.aa.org. Local AA meetings are listed daily in The A-T.