Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)

Alcoholics Anonymous

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), worldwide organization dedicated to the treatment of alcoholics; founded 1935 by two alcoholics, one a New York broker, the other an Ohio physician. They developed a 12-step program that has made coping with alcoholism possible for countless people. It includes psychological principles that have long been used in the reorganization of personality. The organization functions through local groups that have no constitutions, officers, or dues. Anyone with a drinking problem may become a member. There are presently over 99,000 local groups in the United States; worldwide membership is approximately 2 million. Other groups patterned on AA include Narcotics Anonymous, Overeaters Anonymous, and Gamblers Anonymous.

The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright© 2015, The Columbia University Press.

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA): Selected full-text books and articles

Storytelling in Alcoholics Anonymous: A Rhetorical Analysis By George H. Jensen Southern Illinois University Press, 2000
Is Alcoholics Anonymous Effective? By Sharma, Manoj; Branscum, Paul Journal of Alcohol & Drug Education, Vol. 54, No. 3, December 2010
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Alcoholics Anonymous Discourse and Members' Resistance in a Virtual Community: Exploring Tensions between Theory and Practice By Kitchin, Heather A Contemporary Drug Problems, Vol. 29, No. 4, Winter 2002
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Gender Aspects of Affiliation with Alcoholics Anonymous after Treatment By Bodin, Maria Contemporary Drug Problems, Vol. 33, No. 1, Spring 2006
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Love on the Rocks: Men, Women, and Alcohol in Post-World War II America By Lori Rotskoff University of North Carolina Press, 2002
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 3 "Alcoholics Anonymous and the Culture of Sobriety"
Making Meaning of Alcoholics Anonymous for Social Workers: Myths, Metaphors, and Realities By Davis, Diane Rae; Jansen, Golie G Social Work, Vol. 43, No. 2, March 1998
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Cults: Faith, Healing, and Coercion By Marc Galanter Oxford University Press, 1990
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 9 "Charismatic Healing Groups: The AA Example"
The Clinician's Guide to 12-Step Programs: How, When, and Why to Refer a Client By Jan Parker; Diana L. Guest Auburn House, 1999
Librarian’s tip: "Alcoholics Anonymous" begins on p. 42 and Appendix D "The 12 Steps"
Substance Abuse on Campus: A Handbook for College and University Personnel By P. Clayton Rivers; Elsie R. Shore Greenwood Press, 1997
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 11 "The Role of Self-Help Groups in College Students' Recovery from Substance Abuse and Related Problems"
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