In spite of these shortcomings and struggles, or perhaps because of them, Bill Wilson went on to help alcoholics fight their demons, and in the process, he forever changed the way society looks at addiction.
Susan Cheever, who has written with brutal eloquence about her own family's battle with alcoholism, has now written a new book about Bill Wilson called "My Name is Bill: Bill Wilson, Founder of Alcoholics Anonymous."
Hear a conversation with Susan Cheever about Bill Wilson's sobering story.
Susan Cheever, author of the new book "My Name is Bill" and columnist for Newsday.
This program aired on February 27, 2004.