"Where there is no insight the people perish"


Real Alcoholics

Posted on March 5, 2012 at 12:10 AM

This is the sort of post which may get me in trouble, but what the heck. It's better to be hated for who you are than to be loved for something you are not.

I think it’s important to be honest on this subject. I am not suggesting that anyone go out and start drinking. I am suggesting we need some honesty on this subject. AA gives a lot of lip service to honesty, but I say at its core AA has some really dishonest premises. The most important of those are 1) Alcoholism is a diseaseand 2) Once an Alcoholic, always an Alcoholic.

This is from "Heavy Drinking: The Myth of Alcoholism as a Disease,”:

One extremely influential voice in the field of alcoholism studies is that of George Vaillant, a scientist of long experience, now working at Harvard University.............Valliant has been persuaded by the experimental and clinical studies that "in a laboratory setting confirmed alcoholics can drink with moderation"*

*Valliant, The Natural History of Alcoholism (1983). Supporting studies city by Valliant in this passage are: Paredes et al., "Lossof Control of Alcoholism"(1973); Gottheil et al., Alcoholics' Patternof Controlled Drinking (1973); Mello and Medelson, "Experimentally Induced  Intoxication in Alcoholics" (1970); Merry (1966); Marlatt and Rohsenow, " Cogniitve Processes in Alcohol Use" (1980); Hodgson,Rankin, and Stockwell . "Alcoholic Dependence and the Priming Effect" (1979).

And there are many more studies which I won’t bother posting at this time, but I can.Don't attack me for telling you the truth. It is not my fault that thescientific studies do not support the idea "Once an Alcoholic, alwaysan alcoholic". It’s not my fault that they do not support the idea that"real alcoholics" can never drink safely again.


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