Robert Smith and William B. Wilson
United in their search for sobriety, Dr. Bob and Bill W. established Alcoholics Anonymous in 1935 allowing men and women to share with one another their experience, strength and hope in order to carry the message of recovery to alcoholics seeking help. Their belief and experience would provide the basis for AA and, most importantly, the concept of the Twelve Step program. This program, also embraced by other groups such as Narcotics Anonymous and Gamblers Anonymous, represents hope for all those who have a desire to address their addiction.
Social issues Robert Smith and William B. Wilson addressed:
- Alcohol Abuse
- Community Belonging
Social issues that need to be addressed today:
- Alcohol Abuse - In 2013, of the 71,713 total liver disease deaths among individuals aged 12 and older, 46.4 percent involved alcohol. Among males, 48.9 percent of the 46,240 liver disease deaths involved alcohol. Among females, 42.7 percent of the 25,433 liver disease deaths involved alcohol. Source
- Community Belonging - In social psychology, the need to belong is an intrinsic motivation to affiliate with others and be socially accepted. This need plays a role in a number of social phenomena such as self-presentation and social comparison. Source