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1.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... groups.  BB Bill's Story (Note), p.16  
(*) In 2016, A.A. is composed of approximately 117,748 groups.


2.
View APPENDIX I, The A.A. Tradition   ... groups.  BB Appendix I, The A.A. Tradition, p.564  
Secondary aids to A.A., such as clubs or hospitals which require much property or administration, ought to be incorporated and so set apart that, if necessary, they can be freely discarded by the groups.


3.
View APPENDIX VI, How to Get in Touch With A.A.   ... groups.  BB Appendix VI, How to Get in Touch With A.A., p.573  
In the United States and Canada, most towns and cities have A.A. groups.


4.
View CONTENTS   ... groups.  12&12 Contents (Tradition One), p.9  
Tradition One -- "Our common welfare should come first; personal recovery depends upon A.A. unity." Without unity, A.A. dies. Individual liberty, yet great unity. Key to paradox: each A.A.'s life depends on obedience to spiritual principles. The group must survive or the individual will not. Common welfare comes first. How best to live and work together as groups.


5.
View CONTENTS   ... groups.  12&12 Contents (Tradition Nine), p.12  
The General Service Conference, the board of trustees, and group committees cannot issue directives to A.A. members or groups.


6.
View FOREWORD   ... groups.  12&12 Foreword, p.17  
Even then it was hard to find twoscore of sure recoveries in all three groups.


7.
View TRADITION EIGHT essay   ... groups.  12&12 Tradition Eight, p.170  
For this reason, some very good causes and all connected with them suffered unjust criticism from A.A. groups.


8.
View TRADITIONS LONG FORM   ... groups.  12&12 Tradition Six (Long), p.190  
Secondary aids to A.A., such as clubs or hospitals which require much property or administration, ought to be incorporated and so set apart that, if necessary, they can be freely discarded by the groups.


9.
View APPENDIX I, The A.A. Tradition   ... groups also, those groups ought to be ...  BB Appendix I, The A.A. Tradition, p.563  
But when its plans concern the welfare of neighboring groups also, those groups ought to be consulted.


10.
View TRADITIONS LONG FORM   ... groups also, those groups ought to be ...  12&12 Tradition Four (Long), p.189  
But when its plans concern the welfare of neighboring groups also, those groups ought to be consulted.


11.
View FOREWORD TO SECOND EDITION   ... groups and A.A. as a whole could ...  BB Foreword to Second Edition, p.xix  
As we discovered the principles by which the individual alcoholic could live, so we had to evolve principles by which the A.A. groups and A.A. as a whole could survive and function effectively.


12.
View TRADITION TWELVE essay   ... groups, and medical societies.  12&12 Tradition Twelve, p.186  
Soon, groups began to receive requests for A.A. speakers to appear before civic organizations, church groups, and medical societies.


13.
View FOREWORD TO SECOND EDITION   Groups are to be found in each ...  BB Foreword to Second Edition, p.xv  
Groups are to be found in each of the United States and all of the provinces of Canada.


14.
View TRADITION ONE essay   ... groups became the prime question.  12&12 Tradition One, p.130  
So at the outset, how best to live and work together as groups became the prime question.


15.
View TRADITION TWELVE essay   ... groups began to hold meetings which were ...  12&12 Tradition Twelve, p.186  
Consequently, many groups began to hold meetings which were open to interested friends and the public, so that the average citizen could see for himself just what A.A. was all about.


16.
View TRADITION TWELVE essay   ... groups began to receive requests for A.A. ...  12&12 Tradition Twelve, p.186  
Soon, groups began to receive requests for A.A. speakers to appear before civic organizations, church groups, and medical societies.


17.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... Groups by writing to its World Service ...  BB To Wives (Note), p.121  
If there is no Al-Anon listing in your local telephone book, you may obtain further information on Al-Anon/Alateen Family Groups by writing to its World Service Office, 1600 Corporate Landing Parkway, Virginia Beach, VA 23454-5617.


18.
View FOREWORD   ... groups, clubs, and scores of other perplexities.  12&12 Foreword, p.18  
Everywhere there arose threatening questions of membership, money, personal relations, public relations, management of groups, clubs, and scores of other perplexities.


19.
View APPENDIX I, The A.A. Tradition   ... groups, clubs, hospitals, or other outside agencies; ...  BB Appendix I, The A.A. Tradition, p.564  
We think that each group should soon achieve this ideal; that any public solicitation of funds using the name of Alcoholics Anonymous is highly dangerous, whether by groups, clubs, hospitals, or other outside agencies; that acceptance of large gifts from any source, or of contributions carrying any obligation whatever, is unwise.


20.
View TRADITIONS LONG FORM   ... groups, clubs, hospitals, or other outside agencies; ...  12&12 Tradition Seven (Long), p.190  
We think that each group should soon achieve this ideal; that any public solicitation of funds using the name of Alcoholics Anonymous is highly dangerous, whether by groups, clubs, hospitals, or other outside agencies; that acceptance of large gifts from any source, or of contributions carrying any obligation whatever, is unwise.


21.
View APPENDIX VI, How to Get in Touch With A.A.   ... Groups, composed largely of the wives, husbands ...  BB Appendix VI, How to Get in Touch With A.A., p.573  
This is a world clearing house for the Al-Anon Family Groups, composed largely of the wives, husbands and friends of A.A. members.


22.
View TRADITION FOUR essay   ... groups could duplicate everywhere.  12&12 Tradition Four, p.147  
They figured the town needed a great big alcoholic center, a kind of pilot plant A.A. groups could duplicate everywhere.


23.
View TRADITION TWELVE essay   ... groups down with a bang.  12&12 Tradition Twelve, p.185  
Sometimes, they got distressingly drunk and let their groups down with a bang.


24.
View FOREWORD   ... groups emerged -- the first at Akron, the ...  12&12 Foreword, p.16  
After three years of trial and error in selecting the most workable tenets upon which the Society could be based, and after a large amount of failure in getting alcoholics to recover, three successful groups emerged -- the first at Akron, the second at New York, and the third at Cleveland.


25.
View TRADITION TEN essay   ... groups finally torn asunder because they were ...  12&12 Tradition Ten, p.176  
All history affords us the spectacle of striving nations and groups finally torn asunder because they were designed for, or tempted into, controversy.


26.
View TRADITION SEVEN essay   ... groups for voluntary contributions.  12&12 Tradition Seven, p.162  
So we asked the A.A. groups for voluntary contributions.


27.
View TRADITION SIX essay   ... groups had their fling at education, and ...  12&12 Tradition Six, p.156  
A.A. groups had their fling at education, and when they began to publicly whoop up the merits of this or that brand, people became confused.


28.
View TRADITION NINE essay   Groups have tried to expel members, but ...  12&12 Tradition Nine, p.173  
Groups have tried to expel members, but the banished have come back to sit in the meeting place, saying, "This is life for us; you can't keep us out."


29.
View FOREWORD TO SECOND EDITION   ... Groups, he was convinced of the need ...  BB Foreword to Second Edition, p.xvi  
Though he could not accept all the tenets of the Oxford Groups, he was convinced of the need for moral inventory, confession of personality defects, restitution to those harmed, helpfulness to others, and the necessity of belief in and dependence upon God.


30.
View FOREWORD TO SECOND EDITION   ... groups in other cities.  BB Foreword to Second Edition, p.xvii  
Besides these, there were scattered alcoholics who had picked up the basic ideas in Akron or New York who were trying to form groups in other cities.


31.
View FOREWORD TO THIRD EDITION   ... groups in the United States and Canada ...  BB Foreword to Third Edition, p.xxii  
Surveys of groups in the United States and Canada indicate that A.A. is reaching out, not only to more and more people, but to a wider and wider range.


32.
View APPENDIX VI, How to Get in Touch With A.A.   ... Groups, Inc., 1600 Corporate Landing Parkway, Virginia ...  BB Appendix VI, How to Get in Touch With A.A., p.573  
Should you be the relative or friend of an alcoholic who shows no immediate interest in A.A., it is suggested that you write the Al-Anon Family Groups, Inc., 1600 Corporate Landing Parkway, Virginia Beach, VA 23456, USA.


33.
View TRADITION THREE essay   ... groups, knocked on the door and asked ...  12&12 Tradition Three, p.141  
A newcomer appeared at one of these groups, knocked on the door and asked to be let in.


34.
View TRADITION SIX essay   ... groups, many thought, could go into business, ...  12&12 Tradition Six, p.155  
The A.A. groups, many thought, could go into business, might finance any enterprise whatever in the total field of alcoholism.


35.
View FOREWORD TO FOURTH EDITION   ... groups meeting in approximately 150 countries around ...  BB Foreword to Fourth Edition, p.xxiii  
Since the third edition was published in 1976, worldwide membership of A.A. has just about doubled, to an estimated two million or more, with nearly 100,800 groups meeting in approximately 150 countries around the world.


36.
View FOREWORD TO THIRD EDITION   ... groups meeting in over 90 countries.  BB Foreword to Third Edition, p.xxii  
By March 1976, when this edition went to the printer, the total worldwide membership of Alcoholics Anonymous was conservatively estimated at more than 1,000,000, with almost 28,000 groups meeting in over 90 countries.


37.
View TRADITION TWELVE essay   ... groups multiplied, so did anonymity problems.  12&12 Tradition Twelve, p.185  
As the A.A. groups multiplied, so did anonymity problems.


38.
View TRADITION EIGHT essay   ... groups must be answered by people who ...  12&12 Tradition Eight, p.169  
Sacks of letters on every conceivable A.A. problem ranging from a lonely-heart Eskimo to the growing pains of thousands of groups must be answered by people who know.


39.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... Groups. Not a part of A.A., this ...  12&12 Step Twelve (Note), p.118  
(*) In adapted form, the Steps are also used by Al-Anon Family Groups. Not a part of A.A., this worldwide fellowship consists of spouses and other relatives or friends of alcoholics (in A.A. or still drinking). Its headquarters address is 1600 Corporate Landing Pkwy, Virginia Beach, VA 23454-5617.


40.
View APPENDIX I, The A.A. Tradition   ... groups of a large metropolitan area their ...  BB Appendix I, The A.A. Tradition, p.565  
The small group may elect its secretary, the large group its rotating committee, and the groups of a large metropolitan area their central or intergroup committee, which often employs a full-time secretary.


41.
View TRADITIONS LONG FORM   ... groups of a large metropolitan area their ...  12&12 Tradition Nine (Long), p.191  
The small group may elect its secretary, the large group its rotating committee, and the groups of a large metropolitan area their central or intergroup committee, which often employs a full-time secretary.


42.
View TRADITION THREE essay   ... groups of alcoholics trying to hold their ...  12&12 Tradition Three, p.141  
In that time nothing could be seen but two struggling, nameless groups of alcoholics trying to hold their faces up to the light.


43.
View TRADITION TWELVE essay   ... groups of alcoholics were secret societies.  12&12 Tradition Twelve, p.184  
Our first nameless groups of alcoholics were secret societies.


44.
View TRADITION SIX essay   ... groups of depressive and paranoid folks; the ...  12&12 Tradition Six, p.156  
We'd form groups of depressive and paranoid folks; the deeper the neurosis, the better we'd like it.


45.
View FOREWORD TO SECOND EDITION   ... Groups of that day.  BB Foreword to Second Edition, pp.xv-xvi  
Six months earlier, the broker had been relieved of his drink obsession by a sudden spiritual experience, following a meeting with an alcoholic friend who had been in contact with the Oxford Groups of that day.


46.
View APPENDIX VI, How to Get in Touch With A.A.   ... groups often maintain local offices where alcoholics ...  BB Appendix VI, How to Get in Touch With A.A., p.573  
In large cities, groups often maintain local offices where alcoholics or their families may arrange for interviews or hospitalization.


47.
View APPENDIX I, The A.A. Tradition   ... groups oppose no one.  BB Appendix I, The A.A. Tradition, p.565  
The Alcoholics Anonymous groups oppose no one.


48.
View TRADITIONS LONG FORM   ... groups oppose no one.  12&12 Tradition Ten (Long), p.192  
The Alcoholics Anonymous groups oppose no one.


49.
View APPENDIX I, The A.A. Tradition   ... groups or A.A. as a whole.  BB Appendix I, The A.A. Tradition, p.562  
Four -- Each group should be autonomous except in matters affecting other groups or A.A. as a whole.


50.
View CONTENTS   ... groups or A.A. as a whole."  12&12 Contents (Tradition Four), p.10  
Tradition Four -- "Each group should be autonomous except in matters affecting other groups or A.A. as a whole."


51.
View TRADITION FOUR essay   ... groups or A.A. as a whole."  12&12 Tradition Four, p.146  
"Each group should be autonomous except in matters affecting other groups or A.A. as a whole."


52.
View APPENDIX III, The Medical View on A.A.   ... groups or from Box 459, Grand Central ...  BB Appendix III, The Medical View on A.A., p.570  
(This address is now available in pamphlet form at nominal cost through most A.A. groups or from Box 459, Grand Central Station, New York, NY 10163, under the title "Three Talks to Medical Societies by Bill W." -- formerly called "Bill on Alcoholism" and earlier "Alcoholism the Illness.")


53.
View APPENDIX I, The A.A. Tradition   ... groups ought to be consulted.  BB Appendix I, The A.A. Tradition, p.563  
But when its plans concern the welfare of neighboring groups also, those groups ought to be consulted.


54.
View TRADITIONS LONG FORM   ... groups ought to be consulted.  12&12 Tradition Four (Long), p.189  
But when its plans concern the welfare of neighboring groups also, those groups ought to be consulted.


55.
View TRADITION SEVEN essay   ... groups refused to have a cent in ...  12&12 Tradition Seven, p.161  
Frightened by these complications, some groups refused to have a cent in their treasuries.


56.
View FOREWORD TO SECOND EDITION   ... groups started up and it was found, ...  BB Foreword to Second Edition, p.xviii  
New groups started up and it was found, to the astonishment of everyone, that A.A.'s message could be transmitted in the mail as well as by word of mouth.


57.
View APPENDIX I, The A.A. Tradition   ... groups themselves ought to be fully supported ...  BB Appendix I, The A.A. Tradition, p.564  
7. The A.A. groups themselves ought to be fully supported by the voluntary contributions of their own members.


58.
View TRADITIONS LONG FORM   ... groups themselves ought to be fully supported ...  12&12 Tradition Seven (Long), p.190  
Seven -- The A.A. groups themselves ought to be fully supported by the voluntary contributions of their own members.


59.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... groups. There is A.A. activity in approximately ...  BB A Vision For You (Note), p.162  
(*) Written in 1939. In 2016, there are over 117,748 groups. There is A.A. activity in approximately 180 countries, with an estimated membership of over two million.


60.
View FOREWORD TO SECOND EDITION   ... groups thought, to place their message and ...  BB Foreword to Second Edition, p.xvii  
It was now time, the struggling groups thought, to place their message and unique experience before the world.


61.
View APPENDIX I, The A.A. Tradition   ... groups to handle our over-all public relations ...  BB Appendix I, The A.A. Tradition, p.565  
They are authorized by the groups to handle our over-all public relations and they guarantee the integrity of our principal newspaper, the A.A. Grapevine.


62.
View TRADITIONS LONG FORM   ... groups to handle our overall public relations ...  12&12 Tradition Nine (Long), p.191  
They are authorized by the groups to handle our overall public relations and they guarantee the integrity of our principal newspaper, the A.A. Grapevine.


63.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... Groups was formed about thirteen years after ...  BB To Wives (Note), p.121  
(*) The fellowship of Al-Anon Family Groups was formed about thirteen years after this chapter was written. Though it is entirely separate from Alcoholics Anonymous, it uses the general principles of the A.A. program as a guide for husbands, wives, relatives, friends and others close to alcoholics. The foregoing pages (though addressed only to wives) indicate the problems such people may face. Alateen, for teen-aged children of alcoholics, is a part of Al-Anon.


64.
View TRADITION SEVEN essay   ... groups was slow.  12&12 Tradition Seven, p.162  
"To my surprise, the response of the groups was slow.


65.
View TRADITION FIVE essay   ... groups we could do together what we ...  12&12 Tradition Five, p.152  
I insisted that few drunks could ever get well on their own steam, but that in our groups we could do together what we could not do separately.


66.
View TRADITION FOUR essay   ... groups were forming.  12&12 Tradition Four, p.147  
When A.A. was still young, lots of eager groups were forming.


67.
View FOREWORD TO SECOND EDITION   ... groups, were referred to these prospective newcomers.  BB Foreword to Second Edition, p.xviii  
Businessmen, traveling out of existing groups, were referred to these prospective newcomers.


68.
View TRADITION SEVEN essay   ... groups weren't sending in enough for the ...  12&12 Tradition Seven, p.164  
The Foundation was really hard up just then; the groups weren't sending in enough for the support of the office; we had been tossing in all the book income and even that hadn't been enough.


69.
View TRADITION FOUR essay   ... groups "wet," others "dry," still others "Republican" ...  12&12 Tradition Four, p.147  
There would be real danger should we commence to call some groups "wet," others "dry," still others "Republican" or "Communist," and yet others "Catholic" or "Protestant."


70.
View FOREWORD TO SECOND EDITION   ... groups whose membership is far above 150,000 ...  BB Foreword to Second Edition, p.xv  
In that brief space, Alcoholics Anonymous has mushroomed into nearly 6,000 groups whose membership is far above 150,000 recovered alcoholics.


71.
View TRADITION SEVEN essay   ... groups will never fully support the office.  12&12 Tradition Seven, p.164  
"Maybe," some said, "the groups will never fully support the office.


72.
View TRADITION TWELVE essay   ... groups would have to reach quickly as ...  12&12 Tradition Twelve, p.186  
The A.A. groups would have to reach quickly as many despairing alcoholics as they could.


The 164 and More™ Book, eBook, and Web Site are all CONCORDANCES which display passages from the Big Book Alcoholics Anonymous, the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, and the A.A. Grapevine (A.A. Preamble only).  Sorting and rendering passages in the proprietary format of the 164 and More concordance does not in any way imply affiliation with or endorsement by either Alcoholics Anonymous World Services Inc., or the A.A. Grapevine, Inc.  Further A.A.W.S. Inc. and the A.A. Grapevine Inc. have no objection to the use of this material in the 164 and More concordance.

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