Stepping Stones Foundation

A.A. Given Lasker Award

In 1951, The American Public Health Association presented the Lasker Award to Alcoholics Anonymous, “in recognition of its unique and highly successful approach,” to an “age-old public health and social problem, alcoholism.” In the foundation’s press release it reads:

“Historians may one day point to Alcoholics Anonymous as a society which did far more than achieve a considerable measure of success with alcoholism and its stigma; they may recognize Alcoholics Anonymous to have been a great venture in social pioneering which forged a new instrument for social action; a new therapy based on the kinship of common suffering; one having a vast potential for the myriad other ills of mankind.”

Many would agree with their prediction.