Alcoholics Anonymous Aa This

is a fellowship of problem drinkers, both men and women, who voluntarily join in a mutual effort to remain sober. It was started in the United States in the 1930s and has been maintained by alcohol-troubled people who had themselves ''hit bottom''—they had discovered that the troubles associated with their drinking far outweighed any pleasures it might provide. AA serves, without professional guidance, a significant minority of the population of alcoholics in the United States. Various professionally oriented treatments serve other significant minorities of alcoholics.

AA is not the only hope for alcoholics; nor is it everything they need. Nevertheless, its program and meetings have restored thousands of alcoholics to abstinence, both in the United States and in many other countries. In 1992, the General Service Office of AA, located in New York City, reported a worldwide total of 87,403 AA groups, 48,747 of them in the United States, with an additional 1,783 in U.S. correctional facilities, and 5,173 in Canada, leaving 31,700 in other countries. The report estimated there were almost 2 million individual members in these groups worldwide; over half (1,079,719) lived in the United States.

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