Forward to the 3rd Edition
By March 1976, when this edition went to the printer, the total worldwide membership of Alcoholics Anonymous was conservatively estimated at more than 1,000,000, with almost 28,000 groups meeting in over 90 countries. (1)
Surveys of groups in the United States and Canada indicate that A.A. is reaching out, not only to more and more people, but to a wider and wider range. Women now make up more than one-forth of the membership; among newer members, the proportion is near one-third. Seven percent of A.A.'s surveyed are less than 30 years of age-among them, many in their teens. (2)
The basic principles of the A.A. program, it appears, hold good for individuals
with many lifestyles, just as the program has brought recovery to those
of many different nationalities. The Twelve Steps that summarize the program
may be called los Doce Pasos in one country, les Douze Etapes in another,
but they trace exactly the same path to recovery that was blazed by the
earliest members of Alcoholics Anonymous.
1. 1993, over 96,000 groups, with A.A. activity in 141 countries.
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