Alcoholics anonymous


There is a Solution


We, of ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, know thousands of men and women who were  once just as hopeless as [we]. Nearly all have recovered. They have  solved the drink problem.

We are average Americans. All sections  of this country and many of its occupations are represented, as well as  many political, economic, social, and reli­gious backgrounds. We are  people who normally would not mix. But there exists among us a  fellowship, a friendliness, and an understanding which is    inde­scribably wonderful. We are like the passengers of a great liner the  moment after rescue from shipwreck when camaraderie, joyousness and  democracy pervade the vessel from steerage to Captain’s table. Unlike  the feelings of the ship’s passengers, however, our joy in escape from  disaster does not subside as we go our in­dividual ways. The feeling of  having shared in a com­mon peril is one element in the powerful cement  which binds us. But that in itself would never have held us together as  we are now joined.

The tremendous fact for every one of us is  that we have discovered a common solution. We have a way out on which we  can absolutely agree, and upon which we can join in brotherly and  harmonious action. This is the great news [we carry] to those who suffer  from alcoholism.