Alcoholics Anonymous: Cult or Cure?

  title={Alcoholics Anonymous: Cult or Cure?},
  author={George E. Vaillant},
  journal={Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry},
  pages={431 - 436}
  • G. Vaillant
  • Published 1 June 2005
  • Medicine
  • Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry
Objective: To discuss the mechanism of action, the efficacy and the safety of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) in the treatment of alcoholism. Method: The published works on effective treatments for alcoholism is briefly reviewed and a prospective multidisciplinar y follow-up of recovery from alcoholism in two community cohorts of adolescent males followed from 1940 until the present day is reviewed. Conclusions: The suggested mechanism of action of AA is that it employs four factors widely shown to… 

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