Alcoholism is a Behavioral Pattern Helped Behaviorally

A substantial proportion of doctors in the U.S. believe that alcoholism is a behavioral pattern. They reject the theory that alcoholism is a disease. So they don’t treat it themselves. Instead, they typically send their patients to Alcoholics Anonymous (AA).

AA Beliefs

alcoholism is a behavioral patternIn AA, alcoholics are taught that they

AA has a one-year success rate of only about five percent. In other words, about one of every 20 members. That’s such a very low success rate. If it were a new med, the FDA would never approve it.


A federal agency (NIAAA) did a national study. It found that AA is less successful than no program at all! So it’s really counter productive. That is, worse than no program.

Parts of  the 12-step program actually reduces sobriety for most members. One example would be that of loss of control. In fact, believing in this theory reduces success.


Good news. There are effective options.

These programs use evidence based techniques. All help people achieve abstinence. Most also help people learn how to drink in moderation.