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History of the Twelve Steps of Alcohol
 
Anonymous. In 1934 a man named Bill
 
Wilson lost his Wall Street career
 
because of his alcohol problem. 
 
Bill's drinking buddy Eddy, shared his 
 
idea of a Spiritual cure with him.
 
Eddy was a member of a Christian
 
movement called the Oxford Group.
 
 
 
Bill was treated at a hospital by a
 
Dr. Silkworth. This doctor promoted
 
 a disease theory of alcoholism.
 
While in the hospital, Bill believed he

had a spiritual experience, and through

this he became convinced of the existence

of God, and he was than able to stop

drinking.

 

On a 1935 business trip to Akron,

Ohio, Bill noticed he still had the urge to

drink again and in an effort to stay

sober, he sought another alcoholic's

help. Wilson was introduced to Dr. Bob

Smith, also a member of the Oxford 

Group. After some work together, Bill

and Bob co-founded AA. Bob's last drink

was on June 10, 1935 this is considered

to be the word of mouth founding date

of AA. 

 

In 1937, Bill and Bob determined that

they had helped 40 alcoholics get sober,

and two years later, with about 100

members, expanded the program by

writing a book called Alcoholics

Anonymous. This is when the fellowship

adopted its official name.