From the October 1989 magazine.

What We Were Like

Fragments of AA History

Son, I've spilled more booze than you've drunk"--an old-timer's comment, once common in AA--is rarely heard today. It seems clear that while AA is growing older--the Fellowship is now in its fifties--its members are getting younger. And we are looking at a new definition of "young" and "young peoples' groups."

Historically, AA has always been concerned with young people. In 1939, the Big Book talked about "young" men: "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."

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