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  • Hardcover: 575 pages
  • Publisher: Hazelden; 4Rev Ed edition (31 Oct. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1893007162
  • ISBN-13: 978-1893007161
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3.8 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By James Lizard on 23 Feb. 2011
Format: Hardcover
This book is written to provide a path for those who wish to understand alcoholism, decide whether they are alcoholic and provide suggestions about how to stop drinking and clean up their act in general.

It is also designed to be used in conjunction with attendance at AA meetings and in "doing the steps". These steps can help you clear up the issues, fears and resentments that have been preventing you from leading a happy life and enjoying satisfying relationships over the years. It's having a happy - even a reasonably happy life - that keeps people sober.

I've given this book four stars because although it has been extremely helpful to me, it's not as if I sit poring over it night after night. I've used it intensively while doing the steps, and now dip in from time to time.

I don't understand the curious hostility of those who have attacked it - and AA itself - in their one-star reviews.

I stopped drinking 18 years ago with the help of AA and its literature after years of trying to cut down and "drink responsibly" (whatever that is).

After 18 years I still attend an AA meeting once or twice a week. This is not because I have been seduced by a cult, but because I find hearing the life experiences of others and sometimes sharing mine helps me understand a bit more about how to handle the big and small challenges of daily life, and gain an insight into the challenges which face other people that I might be unaware of.

Attending an AA meeting is usually (but not always) enjoyable and going to AA meetings has never caused me to vomit up green bile in the morning, suffer splitting headaches, wreck my liver, endure kidney pains, wake up soaked in sweat or wallow in a sense of despair and hopelessness.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Gillian265 on 13 Jan. 2014
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This is fantastic to be able to have this version on my iPad, however, a significant downfall to the product is PAGE NUMBERS........ I was very disappointed to discover that there are no page numbers, we all refer to page numbers when following a Big Book Study, in meetings...... Page Numbers are always used...... Please add page numbers.....

Rating would have been a 5 Star if there were page numbers
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46 of 51 people found the following review helpful By brianci@aol.com on 4 Aug. 2001
Format: Paperback
A book that saves life,what more can you say.There are no words to review such a book,through regular attendance at AA meetings and practising the principles outlined in this book i have not had a drink in over four years,perhaps more of a surprise is that i no longer want a drink and am living very happily without one.All this from despairing suicidal drunk who craved alcohol as soon as he woke up.
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39 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Jock Tenniel on 20 Mar. 2008
Format: Hardcover
Amazon has an unhelpful habit of transferring reviews between different editions. This review, therefore, refers ONLY to the "First Edition" published by Editorial Benei Noaj.

Please note that it is NOT a First Edition of the AA 'Big Book'. It is not even a facsimile of the First Edition. It merely reproduces the text of the first edition in order to make money for 'Editorial Benei Noaj' (Editorial WHO???). All other genuine editions of the Big Book (properly called 'Alcoholics Anonymous') are worthy of at least five stars.

Do not buy 'versions' by other publishers. Buy the 4th edition approved by AA World Services. It contains all the material in the first edition, together with some conference approved updates.

Avoid the fakes.
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37 of 44 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 April 2006
Format: Hardcover
It's difficult (and it would be stupid!) to argue with a method that's helped thousands recover from the brink. For this reason alone, AA's "Big Book" should be required reading for anyone who even suspects they have a problem with alcohol (and, for that matter, for anyone who deals with alcoholics in any capacity).
At the same time, it's easy to be put off by the outmoded, evangelically-nuanced text. Don't be. Treat it as you would a respected grandparent -- their ideas, methods and experience are absolutely valid; it's just that their way of expressing things hasn't kept up with contemporary thought and society..
AA's a "spiritual rather than religious" fellowship, it says. Sometimes this is hard to bear in mind -- the vast majority of AAs talk of a God who is evidently Judao-Christian. If you're not of this tradition, don't let that put you off -- and don't let the book's condescension regarding agnostics and atheists put you off either! People of all religions and none (and this includes active agnostics and atheists) have benefited and continue to benefit from AA as a viable means to become and, crucially, remain sober.
From a hopelessly drunk malcontent to a sober, able life. That's what putting into practice the core message of this book has done for me. Perhaps it doesn't work for everyone; but everyone who's searching for help with their drinking can only benefit from reading this book and trying its methods.
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 2 Nov. 2000
Format: Paperback
I am an alcoholic and after trying many treatments and therapies over a number of years I had all but given up hope of ever having a productive and alcohol free life. I then discovered A.A. and its 12 step programme. My life has changed beyond recognition and I now am happy and with a high level of self worth and a belief in a power greater than myself. This book encapsulates the entire theory and practice of the twelve step programme and is worth its weight in gold, although I do believe that the reader will be deprived of the full bnenefit of its teachings if they do not simultaneously attend A.A. meetings. An absolute must read for anyone with an alcohol problem. Mark J.
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