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April 1999

AA in Australia

Nonalcoholic friends, pioneer members, early meetings, anonymity breaks, resentments, and survival--how it all began Down Under.

I am always amazed at the fragility of circumstances surrounding the origins of Alcoholics Anonymous in the United States. When I read Bill's story in the literature, I still hold my breath when I come to the precarious moments, such as Bill W. standing in the foyer of the Mayflower Hotel, where after being sober for two months, he is drawn to the gay chatter of the bar but turns instead to the telephone and a call which will ultimately lead him to Dr. Bob.

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