August 1995

AA makes alcoholics' problems `worse'

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AA makes alcoholics' problems `worse': Pro-moderation rival slams rigid approach

The rigid abstinence preached by Alcoholics Anonymous makes the problem of alcoholism worse, according to rival group Moderation Management.

"My belief is, actually, the abstinence world of AA has caused alcoholism to get worse," said Marc Kern, a California psychologist and board member of Moderation Management. "People are told in an AA meeting `If you don't buy us 100 per cent, go out there and drink and when you hit bottom come back.' "