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Mentioning drugs in AA meetings

A.A. is a fellowship open to anyone with a desire to stop drinking. Because of this among the membership are people with every sort of problem. It was realized early on that A.A. could not solve all the problems people have and long ago chose to limit its primary purpose to helping people recover from alcoholism […]

World Health Organization

Global status report on alcohol and health 12 May 2014 — Worldwide, 3.3 million deaths in 2012 were due to harmful use of alcohol, says a new report launched by WHO today. Alcohol consumption can not only lead to dependence but also increases people’s risk of developing more than 200 diseases including liver cirrhosis and […]

Author Ann Leary talks to us about her life as a secret alcoholic.

  Bestselling novelist Ann says she took to drink because it made her feel smarter and funnier: ‘I just liked to drink a little wine after everybody else was asleep. And then I liked to drink a little more’ Author Ann Leary We all know the shameful story of the alcoholic mother. She leaves her […]

A Beautiful Tribute to AA & To Bill and Bob

We died of pneumonia in furnished rooms where they found us three days later when somebody complained about the smell. We died against bridge abutments and nobody knew if it was suicide and we probably didn’t know either except in the sense that it was always suicide. We died in hospitals, our stomachs large, distended […]

The Fix – addiction and recovery, straight up

AA Cults I Have Known Alcoholics Anonymous has long been vulnerable to a creeping fundamentalism with cult-like tendencies. One longtime member recounts his brushes with some pernicious corruptions of the fellowship. Don’t drink it. Art: Danny Jock By Benjamin Aldo A couple of years ago I went to the Atlantic Group in New York. It was springtime, […]