Drug Abuse
Labor Management/Sexual Harassment


prepared by
Rosendo P. Sualog, M.D.

June 10, 1935 – AA was founded in Akron, Ohio by Bill Wilson (a New York stockbroker popularly known among AA members as Bill W.) and Dr. Robert Smith (an Akron physician popularly known among them as Dr. Bob), both alcoholics. The date marks the first day of permanent sobriety of Dr. Bob. Six months earlier, the broker had been relieved of his drinking obsession by a sudden spiritual experience, following a meeting with an alcoholic who had been in contact with the Oxfords Groups of that day. He had also been greatly helped by the late Dr. William D. Silkworth, a New York specialist in alcoholism who is now accounted no less that a medical saint by AA members. From this doctor, the broker had learned the grave nature of alcoholism.

1937 – Third group of AA was organized in Cleveland. The second group was earlier formed in New York.

April 1939 – Alcoholics Anonymous (also called by its pet name, Big Book) was published. As contained in its foreword, the main purpose of the book is “to show other alcoholics precisely how we have recovered.” AA was composed of more that 100 men and women members.

June 1944 – Maiden issue of AA’s official newsletter, the Grapevine, was published.

Dec. 1944 – Members increased to 8,000 as a result of the Jack Alexander article in the “Saturday Evening Post.”

1946 – The Twelve Traditions were formulated for AA to survive and function effectively.

1950 – The Twelve traditions were conferred at AA’s First International Convention at Cleveland. Dr. Bob died.