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IN THE FIRST edition of the Big Book was a woman's story--just one woman. But there it was for all to read: The earliest AAs accepted the fact that women suffered from alcoholism just as men did. Because of the social stigma that has so long haunted this illness, women have been reluctant to admit an alcoholic problem, even to themselves. Let's face it, most of the world still feels that "the hand that rocks the cradle" should by no means hoist the gin bottle. So we often have tried to hide, sometimes aided and abetted by family and friends.