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1.
View THE DOCTOR'S OPINION   ... years.   BB The Doctor's Opinion, p.xxv  
I have specialized in the treatment of alcoholism for many years.


2.
View THE DOCTOR'S OPINION   ... years.   BB The Doctor's Opinion, p.xxxii  
He has not had a drink for a great many years.


3.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... years.   BB Bill's Story, p.6  
The mind and body are marvelous mechanisms, for mine endured this agony two more years.


4.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... years.   BB Bill's Story, p.12  
It melted the icy intellectual mountain in whose shadow I had lived and shivered many years.


5.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... years.   BB More About Alcoholism, p.33  
Though a robust man at retirement, he went to pieces quickly and was dead within four years.


6.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... years.   BB More About Alcoholism, p.33  
Several of our crowd, men of thirty or less, had been drinking only a few years, but they found themselves as helpless as those who had been drinking twenty years.


7.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... years.   BB More About Alcoholism, p.33  
Potential female alcoholics often turn into the real thing and are gone beyond recall in a few years.


8.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... years.   BB More About Alcoholism, p.36  
I also had the notion that I might find a customer for a car at this place, which was familiar for I had been going to it for years.


9.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... years.   BB Into Action, p.80  
He attended church for the first time in many years.


10.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... years.   BB To Wives, p.118  
His ways of thinking and doing are the habits of years.


11.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... years.   BB To Wives, p.118  
We do not like the thought that the contents of a book or the work of another alcoholic has accomplished in a few weeks that for which we struggled for years.


12.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   ... years.   BB Doctor Bob's Nightmare, p.173  
I lost only a half day's work during these three years.


13.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   ... years.   BB Doctor Bob's Nightmare, p.174  
This had little effect however for I kept on drinking and used a great deal more hard liquor than in former years.


14.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   ... years.   BB Doctor Bob's Nightmare, p.174  
I conducted myself so creditably that I was able to secure a much coveted internship in a western city, where I spent two years.


15.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   ... years.   BB Doctor Bob's Nightmare, p.177  
This routine went on with few interruptions for seventeen years.


16.
View APPENDIX III, The Medical View on A.A.   ... years."   BB Appendix III, The Medical View on A.A., p.570  
The days add up into weeks, the weeks into months and years."


17.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... years.   12&12 Step Twelve, p.113  
And it can go on for years.


18.
View TRADITION SEVEN essay   ... years.   12&12 Tradition Seven, p.161  
The hassle over that chunk of money played havoc for years.


19.
View TRADITION EIGHT essay   ... years.   12&12 Tradition Eight, p.168  
These notions persisted for years.


20.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... years after this chapter was written.   BB To Wives (Note), p.121  
(*) The fellowship of Al-Anon Family Groups was formed about thirteen years after this chapter was written.


21.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... years ago.   BB Into Action, p.80  
This all happened years ago.


22.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   Years ago, in 1935, one of our ...   BB A Vision For You, p.153  
Years ago, in 1935, one of our number made a journey to a certain western city.


23.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... years ago, it disappeared.   BB We Agnostics, p.56  
That very night, years ago, it disappeared.


24.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... years ago one of our number was ...   BB A Vision For You, p.162  
Six years ago one of our number was a patient there.


25.
View THE DOCTOR'S OPINION   ... years ago one of the leading contributors ...   BB The Doctor's Opinion, p.xxvii  
Many years ago one of the leading contributors to this book came under our care in this hospital and while here he acquired some ideas which he put into practical application at once.


26.
View THE DOCTOR'S OPINION   ... years ago, that the action of alcohol ...   BB The Doctor's Opinion, p.xxviii  
We believe, and so suggested a few years ago, that the action of alcohol on these chronic alcoholics is a manifestation of an allergy; that the phenomenon of craving is limited to this class and never occurs in the average temperate drinker.


27.
View TRADITION SIX essay   Years ago this principle of "no endorsement" ...   12&12 Tradition Six, p.157  
Years ago this principle of "no endorsement" was put to a vital test.


28.
View TRADITION TWO essay   ... years ago, when my head doctor, Silkworth, ...   12&12 Tradition Two, p.136  
Three years ago, when my head doctor, Silkworth, began to tell me of the idea of helping drunks by spirituality, I thought it was crackpot stuff, but I've changed my mind.


29.
View FOREWORD   ... years alcoholics flocked to A.A. by tens ...   12&12 Foreword, p.17  
In the next years alcoholics flocked to A.A. by tens of thousands, largely as the result of excellent and continuous publicity freely given by magazines and newspapers throughout the world.


30.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... years all normal activities -- clubs, civic duties, ...   BB The Family Afterward, p.131  
Father may have laid aside for years all normal activities -- clubs, civic duties, sports.


31.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... years and retired at the age of ...   BB More About Alcoholism, p.32  
An exceptional man, he remained bone dry for twenty-five years and retired at the age of fifty-five, after a successful and happy business career.


32.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... years, and this in the face of ...   BB To Employers, p.138  
I pointed out that I had had nothing to drink whatever for three years, and this in the face of difficulties that would have made nine out of ten men drink their heads off.


33.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... years and, when it falls short, the ...   BB The Family Afterward, p.123  
Today's life is measured against that of other years and, when it falls short, the family may be unhappy.


34.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... years before his time.   BB There Is A Solution, p.21  
It may cause him to die a few years before his time.


35.
View STEP ONE essay   ... years before the onset of extreme difficulties, ...   12&12 Step One, p.23  
After a few such experiences, often years before the onset of extreme difficulties, he would return to us convinced.


36.
View STEP ONE essay   ... years before we realized it we were ...   12&12 Step One, p.23  
By going back in our own drinking histories, we could show that years before we realized it we were out of control, that our drinking even then was no mere habit, that it was indeed the beginning of a fatal progression.


37.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... years beyond the point where we could ...   BB More About Alcoholism, p.34  
As we look back, we feel we had gone on drinking many years beyond the point where we could quit on our will power.


38.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... years break out of their confinement, and ...   12&12 Step Five, p.62  
The dammed-up emotions of years break out of their confinement, and miraculously vanish as soon as they are exposed.


39.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   ... years, but I still got tight every ...   BB Doctor Bob's Nightmare, p.178  
I gave the matter much time and study for the next two and a half years, but I still got tight every night nevertheless.


40.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... years, but they found themselves as helpless ...   BB More About Alcoholism, p.33  
Several of our crowd, men of thirty or less, had been drinking only a few years, but they found themselves as helpless as those who had been drinking twenty years.


41.
View TRADITION FOUR essay   ... years, every conceivable deviation from our Twelve ...   12&12 Tradition Four, p.146  
Over the years, every conceivable deviation from our Twelve Steps and Traditions has been tried.


42.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   ... years, except when circumstances made it seem ...   BB Doctor Bob's Nightmare, p.172  
This resolution I kept steadfastly for the next forty years, except when circumstances made it seem unwise to absent myself.


43.
View THE DOCTOR'S OPINION   ... years' experience as Medical Director of one ...   BB The Doctor's Opinion, p.xxvii  
I say this after many years' experience as Medical Director of one of the oldest hospitals in the country treating alcoholic and drug addiction.


44.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... years fortune threw money and applause my ...   BB Bill's Story, p.3  
For the next few years fortune threw money and applause my way.


45.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... years found he was just where he ...   BB More About Alcoholism, p.33  
But here is a man who at fifty-five years found he was just where he had left off at thirty.


46.
View FOREWORD TO SECOND EDITION   ... years have elapsed between our first printing ...   BB Foreword to Second Edition, p.xv  
Sixteen years have elapsed between our first printing of this book and the presentation in 1955 of our second edition.


47.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   ... years have passed.   BB Doctor Bob's Nightmare, p.180  
As I write, nearly four years have passed.


48.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... years he became so violent when intoxicated ...   BB More About Alcoholism, p.35  
In a few years he became so violent when intoxicated that he had to be committed.


49.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... years he had floundered from one sanitarium ...   BB There Is A Solution, p.26  
For years he had floundered from one sanitarium to another.


50.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... years he has so shockingly treated.   BB Into Action, p.82  
But he is yet a long way from making good to the wife or parents whom for years he has so shockingly treated.


51.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... years, he reacts much like other men.   BB There Is A Solution, p.22  
We know that while the alcoholic keeps away from drink, as he may do for months or years, he reacts much like other men.


52.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... years his drinking has placed him on ...   BB The Family Afterward, p.129  
Dad may feel that for years his drinking has placed him on the wrong side of every argument, but that now he has become a superior person with God on his side.


53.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   ... years, I developed two distinct phobias.   BB Doctor Bob's Nightmare, p.175  
During the next few years, I developed two distinct phobias.


54.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   ... years, I drank as much as my ...   BB Doctor Bob's Nightmare, p.173  
During these years, I drank as much as my purse permitted, still without paying too great a penalty, although I was beginning to have morning "jitters" at times.


55.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   ... years I had sense enough never to ...   BB Doctor Bob's Nightmare, p.176  
During the subsequent fifteen years I had sense enough never to go to the hospital if I had been drinking, and very seldom did I receive patients.


56.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   ... years I spent in Boston, Chicago, and ...   BB Doctor Bob's Nightmare, p.172  
The next three years I spent in Boston, Chicago, and Montreal in the employ of a large manufacturing concern, selling railway supplies, gas engines of all sorts, and many other items of heavy hardware.


57.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   ... years I was kept so busy that ...   BB Doctor Bob's Nightmare, p.174  
During these two years I was kept so busy that I hardly left the hospital at all.


58.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   ... years, I'll never know, but she did.   BB Doctor Bob's Nightmare, p.178  
How my wife kept her faith and courage during all those years, I'll never know, but she did.


59.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   ... years in one of the best colleges ...   BB Doctor Bob's Nightmare, p.172  
After high school came four years in one of the best colleges in the country where drinking seemed to be a major extra-curricular activity.


60.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... years in pulling down the structures of ...   BB The Family Afterward, p.123  
But the head of the house has spent years in pulling down the structures of business, romance, friendship, health -- these things are now ruined or damaged.


61.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... years in spite of friendly warnings.   BB More About Alcoholism, p.37  
He enjoys himself for a few years in spite of friendly warnings.


62.
View PREFACE   ... years in the Big Book (A.A. members' ...   BB Preface, p.xii  
All changes made over the years in the Big Book (A.A. members' fond nickname for this volume) have had the same purpose: to represent the current membership of Alcoholics Anonymous more accurately, and thereby to reach more alcoholics.


63.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... years later the conquest of the air ...   BB We Agnostics, p.52  
Only thirty years later the conquest of the air was almost an old story and airplane travel was in full swing.


64.
View TRADITION FIVE essay   Years later, this tough Irish customer liked ...   12&12 Tradition Five, p.154  
Years later, this tough Irish customer liked to say, "My sponsor sold me one idea, and that was sobriety.


65.
View PREFACE   ... years, more than 300,000 copies went into ...   BB Preface, p.xi  
The first edition appeared in April 1939, and in the following sixteen years, more than 300,000 copies went into circulation.


66.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... years now has been rated as a ...   12&12 Step Eleven, p.99  
Its author was a man who for several hundred years now has been rated as a saint.


67.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   ... years of abstinence.   BB Doctor Bob's Nightmare, p.181  
Unlike most of our crowd, I did not get over my craving for liquor much during the first two and one-half years of abstinence.


68.
View FOREWORD TO THIRD EDITION   ... years of age -- among them, many in ...   BB Foreword to Third Edition, p.xxii  
Seven percent of the A.A.'s surveyed are less than 30 years of age -- among them, many in their teens.


69.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... years of alcoholism.   12&12 Step Twelve, p.117  
To a surprising extent, A.A. has offset the damage to family life brought about by years of alcoholism.


70.
View INTRODUCTION   ... years of collective experience within the Fellowship ...   12&12 Introduction, p.14  
Bill W., who along with Dr. Bob S. founded Alcoholics Anonymous in 1935, wrote the book to share 18 years of collective experience within the Fellowship on how A.A. members recover, and how our society functions.


71.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... years of devotion had failed to do.   12&12 Step Twelve, p.118  
After the husband joins A.A., the wife may become discontented, even highly resentful that Alcoholics Anonymous has done the very thing that all her years of devotion had failed to do.


72.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... years of drunkenness would make a skeptic ...   BB Into Action, p.83  
We must remember that ten or twenty years of drunkenness would make a skeptic out of anyone.


73.
View THE DOCTOR'S OPINION   ... years of experience, that we have found ...   BB The Doctor's Opinion, p.xxviii  
We feel, after many years of experience, that we have found nothing which has contributed more to the rehabilitation of these men than the altruistic movement now growing up among them.


74.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   ... years of frightful drinking, who had had ...   BB Doctor Bob's Nightmare, p.180  
But this was a man who had experienced many years of frightful drinking, who had had most all the drunkard's experiences known to man, but who had been cured by the very means I had been trying to employ, that is to say the spiritual approach.


75.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... years of hard drinking have been repaired ...   BB A Vision For You, p.156  
As we shall see, he now means a great deal to his community, and the major liabilities of thirty years of hard drinking have been repaired in four.


76.
View TRADITION THREE essay   ... years of harrowing experience.   12&12 Tradition Three, p.139  
To establish this principle of membership took years of harrowing experience.


77.
View STEP ONE essay   ... years of literal hell the rest of ...   12&12 Step One, p.23  
They were spared that last ten or fifteen years of literal hell the rest of us had gone through.


78.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... "Years of living with an alcoholic is ...   BB The Family Afterward, p.122  
A doctor said to us, "Years of living with an alcoholic is almost sure to make any wife or child neurotic.


79.
View APPENDIX II, Spiritual Experience   ... years of self-discipline.   BB Appendix II, Spiritual Experience, p.567  
What often takes place in a few months could seldom have been accomplished by years of self-discipline.


80.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   ... years of this, I wound up in ...   BB Doctor Bob's Nightmare, p.175  
After three years of this, I wound up in the local hospital where they attempted to help me, but I would get my friends to smuggle me a quart, or I would steal the alcohol about the building, so that I got rapidly worse.


81.
View FOREWORD   ... years of trial and error in selecting ...   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.


82.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... years of waste threw us into panic.   12&12 Step Twelve, p.121  
The spectacle of years of waste threw us into panic.


83.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... years of your existence lie ahead.   BB A Vision For You, p.152  
The most satisfactory years of your existence lie ahead.


84.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... years, often pay dearly for skimping this ...   12&12 Step Five, p.56  
Even A.A. oldtimers, sober for years, often pay dearly for skimping this Step.


85.
View TRADITION TWO essay   ... years old, an event occurred demonstrating this ...   12&12 Tradition Two, p.135  
When A.A. was only three years old, an event occurred demonstrating this principle.


86.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... years, or hardly draw a sober breath.   BB Bill's Story, p.4  
Mercifully, no one could guess that I was to have no real employment for five years, or hardly draw a sober breath.


87.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   ... years passed.   BB Doctor Bob's Nightmare, p.172  
My whole life seemed to be centered around doing what I wanted to do, without regard for the rights, wishes, or privileges of anyone else; a state of mind which became more and more predominant as the years passed.


88.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... years past.   BB How It Works, p.69  
We reviewed our own conduct over the years past.


89.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... years she has made a far better ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.118  
She naturally feels that for years she has made a far better job of living than he has.


90.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... years since, however, most of us have ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.123  
In the years since, however, most of us have come to agree with those doctors.


91.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... years since I could remember his coming ...   BB Bill's Story, p.9  
It was years since I could remember his coming to New York in that condition.


92.
View TRADITION NINE essay   ... years since then, we have changed our ...   12&12 Tradition Nine, p.172  
In years since then, we have changed our minds about that.


93.
View INTRODUCTION   ... years some members and friends of A.A. ...   12&12 Introduction, p.14  
In recent years some members and friends of A.A. have asked if it would be wise to update the language, idioms, and historical references in the book to present a more contemporary image for the Fellowship.


94.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... years' standing melt away in an hour.   BB Into Action, p.78  
Sometimes the man we are calling upon admits his own fault, so feuds of years' standing melt away in an hour.


95.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... years that mother became head of the ...   BB The Family Afterward, p.130  
Liquor incapacitated father for so many years that mother became head of the house.


96.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... years thereafter he was dogged by trouble ...   BB We Agnostics, p.56  
For years thereafter he was dogged by trouble and frustration.


97.
View TRADITION TEN essay   ... years they had completely lost their effectiveness ...   12&12 Tradition Ten, p.178  
When the Washingtonians became temperance crusaders, within a very few years they had completely lost their effectiveness in helping alcoholics.


98.
View STEP ONE essay   ... years this changed.   12&12 Step One, p.23  
It is a tremendous satisfaction to record that in the following years this changed.


99.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... years this conduct continues, accompanied by his ...   BB More About Alcoholism, p.38  
On through the years this conduct continues, accompanied by his continual promises to be careful or to keep off the streets altogether.


100.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... years to complete.   BB The Family Afterward, p.123  
Though old buildings will eventually be replaced by finer ones, the new structures will take years to complete.


101.
View STEP SEVEN essay   ... years we have been demanding more than ...   12&12 Step Seven, p.71  
For thousands of years we have been demanding more than our share of security, prestige, and romance.


102.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... years we have been working with alcoholics ...   BB To Wives, p.114  
For years we have been working with alcoholics committed to institutions.


103.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... years we were still behaving childishly, trying ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.115  
We had failed to see that though adult in years we were still behaving childishly, trying to turn everybody -- friends, wives, husbands, even the world itself -- into protective parents.


104.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... years were swept away.   BB We Agnostics, p.56  
The barriers he had built through the years were swept away.


105.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   ... years were up, I opened an office ...   BB Doctor Bob's Nightmare, p.174  
When those two years were up, I opened an office downtown.


106.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... years with an alcoholic, a wife gets ...   BB Into Action, p.81  
After a few years with an alcoholic, a wife gets worn out, resentful and uncommunicative.


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