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Alcoholics Anonymous The Big Book

The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous is the main text that defines the principles of the world-famous program to overcome alcoholism. It has been translated into many languages and is widely distributed. The book helps to fight the disease everywhere since alcoholism knows no state borders. This is a story of how many people have been treated for alcoholism.

This book is a very reliable guide because it is the product of the collective creativity of many people. Their main task was to try to practically help people who are sometimes in a hopeless situation. The anonymity of the authors of the book did not make it non-personal. It is addressed directly to each reader to help him or her for the good.

Since its first publication in 1939, several million men and women have solved their problem of alcohol addiction.

Best quotes from the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous

“Men and women drink essentially because they like the effect produced by alcohol. The sensation is so elusive that, while they admit it is injurious, they cannot after a time differentiate the true from the false. To them, their alcoholic life seems the only normal one.” p.27

“The idea that somehow, someday he will control and enjoy his drinking is the great obsession of every abnormal drinker.” p.30

“Many of us felt that we had plenty of character. There was a tremendous urge to cease forever. Yet we found it impossible. This is the baffling feature of alcoholism as we know it – this utter inability to leave it alone, no matter how great the necessity or the wish.” p.34

“We talked of intolerance, while we were intolerant ourselves. We missed the reality and the beauty of the forest because we were diverted by the ugliness of some of its trees.” p.50

“Our liquor was but a symptom. So we had to get down to causes and conditions.” p.64

“When I am willing to do the right thing I am rewarded with an inner peace no amount of liquor could ever provide. When I am unwilling to do the right thing, I become restless, irritable, and discontent. It is always my choice.” p.317

“I listened to their stories and found so many areas where we overlapped – not all the deeds, but the feelings of remorse and hopelessness. I learned that alcoholism isn’t a sin, it’s a disease.” p.344

“When I am disturbed, it is because I find some person, place, or situation – some fact of my life – unacceptable to me, and I can find no serenity until I accept that person, place, thing, or situation as being exactly the way it is supposed to be at this moment.” p.417

“Those events that once made me feel ashamed and disgraced now allow me to share with others how to become a useful member of the human race.” p.492

“Adversity truly introduces us to ourselves.” p.530


format_quoteOne of the greatest spiritual publications I’ve ever read. This book has probably saved thousands of lives than any other. I think Alcoholics Anonymous: The Big Book is the most effective system for overcoming alcohol addiction. I know it from my own experience…


format_quoteThis book really saved my life! I recommend it to every person who has an alcohol addiction and cannot quit it!


format_quoteI live this book! If you are going to stop drinking, read this book, and maybe try the AA meetings. I am a recovering alcoholic. I drank every day for 5 years. I had attended a few AA meetings and they recommended me reading this book. I am going to read it again and again cause it makes me change my life for the better.


format_quoteI have read this book several times and will continue reading it over and over for the rest of my life. Alcoholics Anonymous: The Big Book describes the ways and reasons to live a great life.


format_quoteIf you want to live a happier and sober life, read this book, I promise it will have a great impact on you and you won’t leave you indifferent. It will help you resolve your issues and to regain self-respect and happiness.


format_quoteA great work of literature!!! My dad was an alcoholic. He read it in four days 2 months before joining into the AA program. My favorite chapter in Big Book is More About Alcoholism.


format_quoteI love that the book contains stories from recovering alcoholics. I love hearing about people who managed to stop drinking and how they changed their life. Stories were easy to read to and many of them were not only inspirational but also humorous. (My favorite chapter is Doctor, Alcoholic, Addict).


format_quoteThis is a very good read for alcoholics or their families. Have a drinking problem? Read this book. It will help you. Know it from my own experience.