The History of Alcoholics Anonymous and the Experiences of
Patients: Introduction | Forerunners of AA | Growth of AA: A Slow, Patient Process | AA Survey Data | The AA Program | The Experiences of Patients | The Reach of Alcoholics Anonymous | Conclusion | Key Points | References | Suggested Reading
On June 10, 1935, an Akron, Ohio, surgeon named
Bob Smith took his last drink, a beer, to steady his nerves prior
to performing surgery. This date is considered the founding date
of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA; White 1998).