The “Big Book” is the foundational reference of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and 12-Step Programs.

The first half of the book tells how AA came to be and how it works. The last half relates stories of those who, thanks to their relentless participation in AA, are winning the often seemingly hopeless battle against alcoholism.

This book shows how AA gives not only hope, encouragement, guidance, and inspiration but actually saves lives.

Our Resources section provides the link to the original version of The Big Book because of its historic value and the fact that it remains viable regardless of future editions, which differ mainly in added testimonial stories. Currently, there are four editions, also available through