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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.
In spite of the great increase in the size and the apan of this Fellowship, at its core it remains simple and personal. Each day, somewhere in the world, recovery begins when one alcoholic talks with another alcoholic, sharing experience, strength, and hope.

1. 1993, over 96,000 groups, with A.A. activity in 141 countries.
2. In 1993, one-third are women; about one-fifth, 30 and under.

 

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