You will find a lot of free information about AA. This includes a wide range of leaflets on specific topics, and the main book of Alcoholics Anonymous (often referred to as the ‘Big Book’). The Big Book got its name because the original printed form was simply that – big. We have provided a bit more background here. The book of Alcoholics Anonymous can usually be purchased from meetings for around £10.00. It can also be accessed online and as audio files:
We have listed some of the free literature which you can download or obtain through an AA meeting. But these are just a few of the many topics covering the experiences of people in AA.
LGBTQIA people have been in AA since it started
AA came together in the 1930s and was so successful that there are now meetings all over the world, helping millions of alcoholics stay sober.
It is clear that people from the LGBTQIA community have been part of AA from the start, as shown in the historical accounts by Audrey Borden.
Manchester (UK) like some other places in the UK and around the world, has AA meetings that provide a clearly focused safe space for the LGBTQIA community. The first of these started in the early 1990s and continues to this day.
Audrey Borden shows how LGBTQIA people have been part of AA recovery from the start.