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December 14, 1940
Post Office Box 332
William Penn Annex
30 Vesey Street
New York, N. Y.
believe that the time has arrived when we can give you a
preliminary statement of the results of the work of Alcoholics
Anonymous in Philadelphia since its inception in this city
on February 20, 1940. This in effect is a ten months' report
but for all practical purposes it can be considered only
nine months because about a month was occupied in working
out methods of prosecuting the activities.
to the records of the Group, which have been kept with reasonable
accuracy, ninety-nine men and women have during this period
attended at least two meetings of the A. A. Group. In other
words, they have had a fair opportunity to familiarize themselves
with the A. A. program of recovery as given at the Thursday
night meetings held at Saint Luke's and Children's Hospital.
the ninety-nine, seventy have remained dry without any slip
at all; thirteen others are recovering from one or more
slips, and sixteen have slipped without recovery up to the
present time. It is not impossible that some of these sixteen
may yet return to the Group.
the seventy, who have been dry without slips, thirty-nine
have been dry from one to three months; seventeen from three
to six months; twenty-five from six months to a year, and
five from one to three years.
these five were not dried up through the activities of the
Philadelphia A. A. Group but have recovered from alcoholism
in other localities and through other means.
can see that the Philadelphia A. A. Group has a core of
thirty men who, we have every reason to believe, will never
drink again. Seventeen more have gotten by the three months'
critical period. It has been our observation that the first
three months are the most difficult and that the man who
gets by that period has every reason to believe that he
is on the road to complete recovery.
are even more sanguine of results which shall be achieved
since we succeeded in opening our clubhouse about one month
ago. It is being used extensively, especially by the unmarried
men and is proving helpful not only as a social center but
as a base for the spreading of the A. A. message.
can testify as physicians to the increasing interest in
A. A. work among members of the medical fraternity and are
grateful for the opportunity that the A. A. has given us
of assisting in the recovery of the unfortunate victims
A. W. Hammer M. D. - Surgeon
(Signed) C. Dudley Saul, Chief Resident Saint Luke's Hospital