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After thirty days of working with Wilson, Smith drank his last drink on 10 June 1935, the date marked by AA for its anniversaries.
While Wilson and Smith credited their sobriety to working with alcoholics under the auspices of the Oxford Group, a Group associate pastor sermonized against Wilson and his alcoholic Groupers for forming a "secret, ashamed sub-group" engaged in "divergent works".
They plan frequent alcohol-free outings in New York City to theater performances and baseball games, at rates from to .
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This, then—whatever it was that occurred among them—was what they could accept as a power greater than themselves. In 1955, Wilson acknowledged AA's debt, saying "The Oxford Groupers had clearly shown us what to do.
And just as importantly, we learned from them what not to do." Among the Oxford Group practices that AA retained were informal gatherings, a "changed-life" developed through "stages", and working with others for no material gain, AA's analogs for these are meetings, "the steps", and sponsorship.
Feeling a "kinship of common suffering" and, though drunk, Wilson attended his first Group gathering.
Within days, Wilson admitted himself to the Charles B.