Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Breitbart, and Laura Ingraham all reported this month on the rumor that Larry Reid got drunk on New Year’s Eve and beat up his Senator brother, then showed up intoxicated to an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting with an injured hand and relayed that he had just assaulted...
A Georgia woman who decided she needed to stop drinking was arrested after telling her Alcoholics Anonymous sponsor the reason why. According to an arrest report, the sponsor went to the cops after Rachel Lenhardt confessed to allowing her 16-year-old daughter and her friends to party at her house, where...
Separating treatment from selection effects is a longstanding problem in social and medical science. Here’s a look at why.
When it comes to taming destructive impulses, God may be your best bet. Just ask those who have turned their lives around through Alcoholics Anonymous. AA’s iconic 12 steps are unabashedly spiritual, directing members to surrender their agency to a higher power in exchange for the strength to overcome their drinking-related demons. Show More Summary
My friend recently forwarded me the April 2015 Atlantic Magazine article “The Irrationality of Alcoholics Anonymous” by Gabrielle Glaser. If I did not have personal and professional experience with alcoholism and in treating alcoholics, then I imagine I would not have felt such a need to respond to this article.
Links for you. Science: The Irrationality of Alcoholics Anonymous: Its faith-based 12-step program dominates treatment in the United States. But researchers have debunked central tenets of AA doctrine and found dozens of other treatments more effective. Data science done well … Continue reading ?
There's a new brouhaha about Alcoholics Anonymous in the media in an article in The Atlantic and recent book about "The Irrationality of Alcoholics Anonymous." Yes, I agree! It's totally irrational. How is it possible that a millionShow More Summary
Every now and then Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) catches a real and true ass whooping in the press. Recently and particularly this week, the volume of voices against AA reached a new height. The Atlantic published a painfully one-sided article by Gabrielle Glaser this week called The Irrationality of Alcoholics Anonymous. Show More Summary
Is Alcoholics Anonymous the most effective way to treat addiction? Some science and health journalists said yes this week. Others journalists said no. This puts readers in an awkward position: How do you make sense of it when good journalists...Show More Summary
The Atlantic magazine just published a lengthy piece by author Gabrielle Glaser that challenges the efficacy of Alcoholics Anonymous. Entitled, “The Irrationality of Alcoholics Anonymous,” the article takes aim at the organization and never lets up, and on Wednesday night’s All In with Chris Hayes, the author continued an assault that’s based on a fundamentally flawed premise, [...]
A very interesting article in the Atlantic shines the spotlight on the history of Alcoholics Anonymous -- and more importantly, on AA's dubious claims of efficacy. At about 7,500 words, Gabrielle Glaser's piece is thorough and serious-minded, and while I recommend reading it in full, I'm happy to provide a summary here in five easy pieces.1. Show More Summary
Photo via Pixabay A new alcohol addiction rehabilitation program, called Moderation Management (MM), is looking to challenge the standardized method of abstinence popularized by Alcoholics Anonymous. So far, it has the growing popularity...Show More Summary
On this week’s “On the Media,” Brooke Gladstone interviewed Gabrielle Glaser, author of Her Best-Kept Secret: Why Women Drink — And How They Can Regain Control and a forthcoming piece in The Atlantic on Alcoholics Anonymous, about the singular place AA and other “12-step” programs have in the American cultural consciousness when... More »
Once an alcoholic, always an alcoholic. This is one of the main tenets of Alcoholics Anonymous, and it serves to encourage its members to commit to absolute abstinence. It is also a belief, I have come to realize, held by the many medical residents I have encountered. When an alcoholic patient is admitted to the […]
More and more, the compulsion to spend money is being recognized as an issue that needs to be addressed in some consumers. We often think of addiction as something that occurs only in those who abuse substances like drugs or alcohol. In some cases, we recognize that some behaviors, like gambling, can be compulsive. But [...]Show More Summary
Naya Rivera is pregnant with her first child with husband Ryan Dorsey. This isn't based on anonymous sources or mysteriously flowy tops or a suspicious abstinence from alcohol at a party. This news came straight from the horse's mouth. Show More Summary
Alcoholics Anonymous is a religious organization -- several of its famous Twelve Steps reference God (though a Higher Power is an acceptable alternative). One of the rules about forming AA groups is that you just need two people who have a desire to stop drinking and boom... Show More Summary
The past few months have been bumpy for tech pundit Robert Scoble. They have included a confession about being sexually abused as a teenager; a diagnosis of cancer; a decision to go to Alcoholics Anonymous; a new best friend who hadShow More Summary
Ernie Kurtz—a friend to The Fix, and the author of Not God-A History of Alcoholics Anonymous, died unexpectedly last week. The Fix remembers Dr. Kurtz and his achievements.
Alcoholics Anonymous is steeped in male dominance.