"Alcoholics" are simply people who have bought the AA philosophy and self-designated with that label. When we look beyond the ideological perspective of AA true believers, however, we can see that even Bill W. acknowledged that there are many drinkers with problems around alcohol who can successfully moderate. His only reservation was that moderation was not for "us." Who are "us"? People who self-designate as alcoholic! Sounds like a tautology to me!

The fact of the matter is, as the target article correctly points out, that most people who are alcohol dependent resolve those problems without help (not even from Mr. Hanson's beloved AA!) and of those who do so, the vast majority do so by moderating, not abstaining.

It's refreshing to see Psychology Today publishing a solid, research focused article on the true facts about how most people resolve drinking problems. Keep it up!

Frederick Rotgers, PsyD, ABPP
Co-author "Responsible Drinking: A MODERATION MANAGEMENT Approach for Problem Drinkers."

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