December 11, 1934: Bill Wilson Takes Last Drink

On this day in 1934, Bill Wilson took his last drink. The next year he cofounded Alcoholics Anonymous (AA).

Bill WilsonOn this day in 1934, Bill Wilson took his last drink. The next year he cofounded Alcoholics Anonymous (AA).

Wilson began drinking in his early 20s and by his late 30s, was in and out of drug and alcohol treatment facilities. He finally found permanent sobriety after experiencing a spiritual conversion.

In 1935, Wilson teamed up with Dr. Bob Smith to help other alcoholics achieve sobriety and stay sober. After helping more than 100 individuals become sober, they published AA’s Twelve Steps in 1939.

Today, AA has helped countless recovering alcoholics.

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