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April 2008

Friendly with our Friends

In the March 1958 Grapevine, Bill W. pointed out that "we have made only a fair-sized dent" on the world problem of alcoholism. "Millions are still sick and other millions soon will be. . . Why haven't these millions come to us?" Responding to his own question with a solution, he wrote: "The answer seems to be in education--education in schoolrooms, in medical colleges, among clergymen and employers, in families and in the public at large. . . Sound education on alcoholism, and far more of it at all levels, will clearly pay off." In a vision for future service, Bill encouraged AAs to "regard all who labor in the total field of alcoholism as our companions on a march from darkness into light. We see that we can accomplish together what we could never accomplish in separation and in rivalry."

Grapevine, March 1958

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