Quite simply, Bill W became and today remains AA's guiding light and driving force, venerated as the discoverer of the method by which alcoholic drinkers might successfully abstain and redeem their lives from the certainty of a pauper's grave--or worse.
Life's elevation of Bill W to the peerage of influential Americans is not without its ironies: yesterday's drunken anti-New Deal ranter become today's icon of personal self-reformation, and now on a par with Franklin D.
Bill's Story," which first appeared in 1939, maintained that Bill W learned the truth about alcoholic disease from Dr.
has played a critically important role in shaping our image of Bill W with its publications Pass It On: The Story of Bill Wilson and How the A.
In this connection the vernacular surrounding customary drinking is extraordinarily colorful and ambiguous, which further complicates our efforts to get at the historical Bill W.
Critical examination of Bill W's life in these years should enable us to view the phenomenon of the alcoholic Bill W in a clearer light and understand better the etiology of our current preoccupation with Demon Rum.
Yet it is only in the final period, late 1932-34, that Bill W became dysfunctional, raising again the question of whether and to what extent factors exogenous to alcohol consumption caused his disability.
Bill W was introduced to drinking as a junior officer in the 66th Coastal Artillery Company, and he reportedly experienced one or two episodes of acute intoxication at the beginning of this period.
Moreover, the work he performed--investigating and appraising the quality of the management of a variety of business enterprises as a way of predicting stock market performance--gained Bill W a job offer from Frank Shaw, who was also a close friend of his wife.
Nevertheless, there is no evidence, beyond Thomsen's unsupported assertions, to suggest Bill W drank on a regular basis, much less exhibited E.
At the outset of these years, however, Bill W did develop a drink-related problem.
In any event, this episode led Bill W to take a "no more booze" pledge at the beginning of 1927.