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Alcoholics Anonymous, AA(noun)
an international organization that provides a support group for persons trying to overcome alcoholism
A self-supporting organization of alcoholic people, whose sole purpose is to provide mutual aid to obtain and maintain sobriety and to help others recover from the disease of alcoholism.
Alcoholics Anonymous is an international mutual aid fellowship founded in 1935 by Bill Wilson and Dr. Bob Smith in Akron, Ohio. AA states that its "primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics achieve sobriety". With other early members Wilson and Smith developed AA's Twelve Step program of spiritual and character development. AA's Twelve Traditions were introduced in 1946 to help AA stabilize and grow. The Traditions recommend that members and groups remain anonymous in public media, altruistically help other alcoholics, including all who wish to stop drinking, and do not affiliate AA with any other organization. The Traditions also recommend that AA members acting on behalf of the fellowship steer clear of dogma, governing hierarchies and involvement in public issues. Subsequent fellowships such as Narcotics Anonymous have adopted and adapted the Twelve Steps and the Twelve Traditions to their respective primary purposes. AA has no opinion on the medical nature of alcoholism; nonetheless AA is regarded, by many, as a proponent and popularizer of the disease theory of alcoholism. The American Psychiatric Association has recommended sustained treatment in conjunction with AA's program, or similar community resources, for chronic alcoholics unresponsive to brief treatment. AA's data show that 74% drop out of AA in the first year, but its program is credited with helping many alcoholics achieve and maintain sobriety.
U.S. National Library of Medicine
An organization of self-proclaimed alcoholics who meet frequently to reinforce their practice of abstinence.
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