Does Alcoholics Anonymous Work?

ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, celebrating its 76th anniversary this year, counts two million members who participate in some 115,000 groups worldwide, about half of them in the U.S. How well does it work? Anthropologist William Madsen, then at the University of California, Santa Barbara, claimed in a 1974 book that it has a “nearly miraculous” success rate, […]

Alcoholics Anonymous vs. Other Approaches

The Evidence Is Now In An updated review shows it performs better than some other common treatments and is less expensive. For a long time, medical researchers were unsure whether Alcoholics Anonymous worked better than other approaches to treating people with alcohol use disorder. In 2006, a review of the evidence concluded we didn’t have […]

The Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous

Addiction isn’t a choice. That statement may not seem groundbreaking today, but the idea of alcoholism as an illness was a new concept in 1939 when the book Alcoholics Anonymous: The Story of How More Than One Hundred Men Have Recovered from Alcoholism was published. Known as the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous, the publication […]