|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 prove so convincing that no further
authentication will be necessary. We think this account of our experiences
will help everyone to better understand the alcoholic. Many do not
comprehend that the alcoholic is a very sick person. And besides,
we are sure that our way of living has 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."
Very earnestly we ask the press
also, to observe this request, for otherwise we shall be greatly
handicapped. 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
We shall be interested to hear
from those who are getting results from this book, particularly
form those who have commenced work with other alcoholics. We should
like to be helpful to such cases. Inquiry by scientific, medical,
and religious societies will be welcomed.