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We, of Alcoholics Anonymous, are more than one hundred men and women who have recovered from a seemingly hopeless state of mind and body. To show other alcoholics precisely how we have recovered is the main purpose of this book. For them, we hope these pages will proveso convincing that no furthur aunthentication will be necessary. We think this account of our experiences will help everyone to better understand the alcoholic. Mant do not comprehend that the alcoholic is a very sick person. And besides, we are sure that our way of living had its advantages for all.
It is important that we remain anonymous because we are too few, at present to handle the overwhelming number of personal appeals which may result from this publication. Being mostly business or professional folk, we could not well carry on our occupations in such an event. We would like it understood that our alcoholic work is an avocation.
When writing or speaking publicly about alcoholism, we urge each of our
Fellowship to omit his personal name, designating himself instead as "a
member of Alcoholics Anonymous."
We are not an organization in the conventional sense of the word. There
are no fees or dues whatsoever. The only requirement for membership is
an honest desire to stop drinking. We are not allied with any particular
faith, sect or denomination, nor do we oppose anyone. We simply wish to
be helpful to those who are afflicted.
Inquiry by scientific, medical, and religious societies will be welcomed.
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