Length of Sobriety Facts

How long have members of A.A. been sober? That is one of the questions in the triennial survey among randomly selected groups in the U.S. and Canada every three years. Surveys are all done during a one to two week period. Everyone who is at a particular meeting of each of those groups is asked to participate.
 

LENGTH OF SOBRIETY IN ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS SURVEY
 

Year Less than 1 Year 1 to 5 Years More than 5 Years Average
**77 37.3% 38.0% 24.7% 4 Years
**80 36.4% 37.2% 26.4% 4 Years
**83 37.7% 36.9% 24.9% 4 Years
**86 32.8% 38.4% 29.0% 4+ Years
1989 34.0% 37.0% 29.0% 4+ Years
1992 31.0% 34.0% 35.0% 5+ Years
1896 27.0% 28.0% 45.0% 6+ Years
1998 27.0% 26.0% 47.0% 7+ Years
2001 30.0% 22.0% 47.0% 7+ Years
2004 26.0% 24.0% 50.0% 8+ Years


As of the 2004 Survey, long-term sobriety was so prevalent that "Greater Than Five Years" was broken into two parts as follows:
5-10 Years = 14%
>10 Years = 36%
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>5 Years = 50%

For those unfamiliar with Alcoholics Anonymous, sobriety in A.A. means continuous and complete abstinence from alcohol in any form.


This table represents only those who are sober and still attending meetings. Someone who got sober in A.A. and who is staying sober by some other means would not appear in the survey.

NOTE: Entries with dates beginning ** here are from a summary.  Those with complete years are from copies of published pamphlets:
"(P-48) Alcoholics Anonymous YYYY Membership Survey"


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