I'm glad you found the article interesting, but sorry you have such a negative viewpoint of the 12-step program, as it has helped many with their problem drinking. While I don't feel this program is for everyone, it is about as successful as any other program out there for addicts. But more to your point, I think the term "stinkin' thinkin'" nicely encapsulates a concept that is generally accepted in the psychological/scientific community: cognitive distortions, or the inability to think clearly or in a reality-based way about something. The term "stinking thinking" states it in more accessible manner.