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Alcohol abuse is becoming a more common problem in the United States and surrounding countries Now more than ever instead of merely imprisoning alcohol abusers who have committed a crime the law is also enforcing treatments among these criminals the most common being Alcoholics Anonymous or something of a sort Most everyone has heard of Alcoholics Anonymous at one time or another and many have even known someone to have had participated in a program of this type Often times one does not really consider what a program like Alcoholics Anonymous does for an entire society For instance what exactly is Alcoholics Anonymous Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism Alcoholics 2002 Many convicted alcoholic criminals and civilian alcoholics are required to attend programs such as Alcoholics Anonymous and other similar get-help programs Alcoholics Anonymous AA began in 1935 in Akron New York and was noticed nationally and internationally in 1939 AA now exists and runs on a consistent basis in over 150 countries Because of required confidentially it is extremely difficult to keep an accurate record of membership An estimated table of those who have attended meetings either as a requirement of the law or on their own free will is as follows Estimated Group Membership and Group Information Groups in US51245 Members in US1160651 Groups in Canada4965 Members in Canada97124 Groups Overseas41390 Members Overseas891062 Internationalists105 Groups in Correctional Facilities2531 Lone Members315 Total Members2215293 Total Groups100131 As one can see there are sections of groups in Alcoholics Anonymous referred to as Overseas and Lone Members Oversea members are those who provided assistance in the Naval Services or the Merchant Marines who attend meetings either voluntarily or by force Lone Members are those who become sober on their own free will by reading AA Literature and in
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