Welcome to Silkworth.net  
cleardot.gif is used as spacer.Alcoholics Anonymous . . . experience the history . . .
WWW.SILKWORTH.NETcleardot.gif is used as spacer.. . . lest we forget!
Site Map | Silkworth | History | Biographies | Big Book | Search | Contact
    Return to previous pageGO BACK
Return to previous page
| print this           
A Narrative Timeline Of AA History

Public Version vApril 04'

A Narrative Timeline Of AA History – 1774 to 2003

 

Appendix 2: Estimated Counts of Groups and Members

When
Group Counts
Member Counts
Notes
Yr
Base
Trend
Total
US
Can
O'seas
Hosp
Prisons
Trend
Total
US
Can
O'seas
Hosp
Prisons
1935
 
 
2
 
 
 
 
 
 
5
 
 
 
 
 
1935-1941 membership from
1936
 
 
2
 
 
 
 
 
 
15
 
 
 
 
 
AACOA 310
1937
 
 
2
 
 
 
 
 
 
40
 
 
 
 
 
 
1938
 
 
2
 
 
 
 
 
 
100
 
 
 
 
 
 
1939
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
400
 
 
 
 
 
AACOA 180
1940
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2,000
 
 
 
 
 
 
1941
 
 
200
 
 
 
 
 
 
8,000
 
 
 
 
 
AACOA 192, PIO 266
1942
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1943
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
10,000
 
 
 
 
 
LOH 181
1944
 
 
360
 
 
 
 
 
 
10,000
 
 
 
 
 
BW-FH 166-167, PIO 304
1945
 
 
560
 
 
 
 
 
 
15,000
 
 
 
 
 
NG 113, BW-FH 163, 180
1946
 
 
1,000
 
 
 
 
 
 
30,000
 
 
 
 
 
BW-FH 163
1947
 
 
1,650
 
 
 
 
 
 
48,613
 
 
 
 
 
GTBT 22
1948
 
 
2,000
 
 
 
 
 
 
60,000
 
 
 
 
 
BW-FH 163, DBGO 287
1949
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1950
Year
 
3,500
3,500
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Conference report data used
1951
Year
27%
4,436
3,606
399
216
82
133
 
0
 
 
 
 
 
from 1950 on
1952
Year
11%
4,925
3,938
 
713
98
176
 
118,632
91,644
 
15,360
2,324
9,304
 
1953
Year
20%
5,905
4,663
504
354
151
233
-1%
117,978
84,329
8,114
8,793
4,425
12,149
Estimated members were
1954
Year
0%
5,927
4,484
559
441
184
259
7%
126,057
89,780
8,671
10,766
4,511
12,128
around triple of that reported
1955
Year
5%
6,249
4,610
574
564
211
290
8%
135,905
93,951
9,545
14,397
4,956
13,056
 
1956
Year
8%
6,779
4,893
624
710
256
296
3%
139,798
95,661
10,235
15,129
5,936
12,837
 
1957
Year
0%
6,793
4,755
680
743
290
325
1%
141,795
93,746
10,548
17,501
6,500
13,500
Overseas = GSO guess
1958
Year
14%
7,765
5,443
775
915
285
347
3%
145,830
98,858
11,181
14,471
7,077
14,243
 
1959
Year
6%
8,211
5,719
801
1,033
302
356
4%
151,606
101,724
11,175
16,651
6,509
15,547
 
1960
4/61
5%
8,615
5,875
833
1,112
360
435
7%
162,037
108,004
11,524
17,973
6,675
17,373
Estimated members > 300,000
1961
4/62
8%
9,305
6,208
876
1,274
445
502
9%
176,474
109,923
12,554
22,768
10,778
20,451
 
1962
4/63
8%
10,070
6,600
946
1,484
476
564
7%
189,702
117,953
13,093
25,642
10,602
22,412
 
1963
4/64
9%
10,956
7,033
1,075
1,690
514
644
10%
209,434
122,483
15,410
32,371
11,417
27,753
Estimated members > 350,000
1964
4/65
7%
11,761
7,543
1,146
1,854
570
648
4%
217,967
128,498
15,928
37,178
10,764
25,000
 
1965
4/66
6%
12,444
7,821
1,241
2,136
569
677
6%
232,105
133,786
17,180
43,580
10,774
26,157
 
1966
4/67
7%
13,279
8,177
1,282
2,522
561
737
8%
251,615
140,379
18,630
48,417
14,384
29,805
 
1967
4/68
7%
14,154
8,484
1,411
2,784
645
830
5%
263,026
142,566
18,757
55,062
16,307
29,870
Estimated members > 400,000
1968
4/69
4%
14,747
8,595
1,556
3,057
648
891
8%
283,329
148,574
21,676
60,756
18,548
33,775
Estimated members > 425,000
1969
4/70
6%
15,624
9,047
1,590
3,350
742
895
5%
297,077
156,974
22,706
63,366
20,160
33,871
Estimatedl members > 450,000
1970
4/71
5%
16,459
9,541
1,667
3,559
767
925
5%
311,450
167,313
26,008
67,044
18,604
32,481
Estimated members > 500,000
1971
4/72
8%
17,776
10,342
1,815
3,921
783
915
6%
329,907
181,419
29,073
71,737
16,900
30,300
Estimated members > 575,000
1972
4/73
17%
20,829
12,137
2,031
4,761
914
986
20%
395,244
211,686
32,740
86,344
28,995
34,977
 
1973
4/74
8%
22,467
12,869
2,122
5,428
1,030
1,018
7%
421,151
225,911
35,091
102,073
22,915
34,764
Estimated members > 725,000
1974
4/75
11%
25,030
14,448
2,427
6,088
1,046
1,021
19%
502,733
287,699
42,922
107,643
28,057
35,962
Estimated members > 800,000
1975
4/76
6%
26,456
15,308
2,511
6,153
1,351
1,133
6%
533,590
292,646
43,903
126,991
32,711
36,958
Estimated members > 1,000,000
1976
4/77
11%
29,352
16,557
2,683
7,597
1,285
1,230
8%
574,318
320,913
47,843
135,147
30,792
39,323
 
1977
4/78
8%
31,587
18,382
2,950
7,597
1,400
1,258
7%
612,876
352,807
50,783
135,144
33,544
40,205
Overseas 1977 data used
1978
4/79
5%
33,241
18,926
3,157
8,737
1,285
1,136
2%
627,456
356,383
53,601
149,943
30,788
36,306
 
1979
4/80
20%
39,964
20,359
3,349
14,016
1,156
1,084
38%
868,171
387,875
56,672
363,572
23,956
35,336
Overseas figures being revised
1980
4/81
5%
42,105
22,169
3,624
14,016
1,182
1,114
5%
907,575
414,434
61,531
363,360
24,822
42,920
 
1981
4/82
14%
47,797
24,293
3,781
17,650
935
1,138
3%
937,705
455,505
64,244
355,000
24,310
38,153
Much overseas data estimated
1982
4/83
12%
53,576
26,608
3,948
20,669
1,030
1,321
14%
1,065,299
518,790
66,344
412,949
25,750
40,951
GSO stopped quoting estimates
1983
1/84
9%
58,576
29,827
4,197
22,156
1,052
1,344
12%
1,191,916
585,823
69,931
467,419
25,899
42,336
Base changed to January 1
1984
1/85
7%
62,860
31,754
4,286
24,221
1,047
1,552
13%
1,351,793
630,679
71,632
576,236
26,175
46,560
 
1985
1/86
7%
67,019
33,840
4,445
27,054
 
1,680
7%
1,445,999
676,234
74,277
644,591
 
50,400
Hospital (TF) category dropped
1986
1/87
9%
73,192
36,002
4,540
30,868
 
1,782
8%
1,556,316
727,145
76,377
698,814
 
53,460
 
1987
1/88
4%
76,184
38,276
4,654
31,387
 
1,867
4%
1,617,296
775,040
78,057
707,663
 
56,010
 
1988
1/89
12%
85,270
40,693
4,749
38,060
 
1,768
7%
1,734,734
835,489
81,293
762,605
 
54,808
 
1989
1/90
3%
87,696
43,107
4,866
38,060
 
1,663
3%
1,793,834
896,033
82,949
762,701
 
51,553
 
1990
1/91
7%
93,914
46,450
5,046
40,755
 
1,663
14%
2,047,469
1,012,623
87,532
894,563
 
52,534
 
1991
1/92
3%
96,458
48,747
5,173
40,755
 
1,783
4%
2,120,130
1,079,719
90,735
894,508
 
54,782
 
1992
1/93
-8%
89,215
50,325
5,275
31,700
 
1,915
-3%
2,048,954
1,135,395
94,986
770,437
 
47,701
Overseas figures revised
1993
1/94
1%
90,155
50,541
5,287
32,190
 
2,137
1%
2,062,380
1,134,500
96,500
778,829
 
52,182
GSO records system revision
1994
1/95
-1%
89,239
49,443
5,133
32,578
 
2,085
-13%
1,790,528
1,127,471
95,546
516,169
 
50,983
GSO records revision continues
1995
1/96
7%
95,166
50,671
5,259
37,082
 
2,154
7%
1,922,269
1,153,795
97,397
614,611
 
56,133
Only 18 out of 40 foreign GSOs
1996
1/97
2%
96,997
50,681
5,275
38,765
 
2,276
2%
1,959,829
1,158,850
98,720
642,769
 
59,174
sent in updated figures
1997
1/98
1%
97,568
50,997
5,277
38,895
 
2,399
0%
1,967,229
1,166,079
102,499
636,414
 
62,129
 
1998
1/99
1%
98,710
51,183
5,257
39,804
 
2,466
1%
1,988,901
1,166,927
101,786
657,062
 
63,002
 
1999
1/00
0%
99,024
51,151
5,132
40,222
 
2,519
0%
1,990,054
1,161,436
97,054
666,527
 
64,723
 
2000
1/01
2%
100,766
51,735
5,104
41,423
 
2,504
9%
2,160,013
1,162,112
98,816
833,100
 
65,672
 
2001
1/02
-1%
100,131
51,245
4,965
41,390
 
2,531
3%
2,215,293
1,160,651
97,124
891,167
 
66,036
 
2002
1/03
4%
103,768
51,537
4,903
44,762
 
2,566
-6%
2,092,460
1,168,990
96,100
760,214
 
66,942
 
 
Avg
6%
 
 
 
 
 
 
7%
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

  1. The table consists of group and membership data reported by the US/Canada GSO. From 1951 on, the figures were taken from final Conference reports.

  2. The data must be interpreted very carefully, very skeptically and in proper context. Group counts include only those groups asking GSO to be listed (thousands do not). Groups may or may not report membership estimates or update estimates over time. Members can be counted in multiple group estimates and the composition of the numbers has changed at various times from “reported” to “estimated.”

  3. In 1994, a major revision occurred in the US/Canada GSO’s counting methods and record system. The number of groups reported no longer included those described as “meetings” which chose not to be considered “groups.” Such “meetings” (typically special interest) are included in prior year’s data. The 1994 revision can erroneously be interpreted as a steep drop from 1993 to 1994 when, in fact, it simply reflects a procedural change in counting methods.

  4. AA is in about 150 countries (with 51 GSOs overseas). Each year, the US/Canada GSO attempts to contact overseas GSOs and groups requesting to be listed in their records. Where current data are lacking, earlier year’s figures are used. An estimate of membership of non-reporting groups is arrived at by taking an average of reporting groups.

  5. From the beginning, the numbers are at best, “fuzzy” and do need to be interpreted prudently to avoid drawing erroneous conclusions. The table data are not an accurate measure of a specific year’s increase or decrease. However, trends over the decades are indicative (but not exact) of AA groups reaching more places and more AA members achieving recovery.

  6. Average (mean) annual growth in groups and members is 6% and 7% respectively.

A Narrative Timeline Of AA History – 1774 to 2003

 

Return to previous pageGO BACK
Return to previous page
top of page | Sitemap | Search
:: Copyright © Silkworth.net | Disclaimer | Privacy |
designed for cross browser support