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Does AA Work?

BY CATHY J. BOGART

“For every complex question there is a simple answer, and it is wrong.” —H.L. Mencken

Illustration by Simone Rein

IN THE MID-90S I HAD A SEVERE ALCOHOL ADDICTION. When I decided I needed help, the only alternative offered to me was Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). I was told this was the best approach—the most successful way to sobriety. At the time I knew nothing about AA. This is what I soon learned: AA was established in the 1930s based on the experiences of 100 white men. It has remained unchanged since then.

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INTERNET PORNOGRAPHY SPECIAL SECTION: IS PORNOGRAPHY BAD FOR YOU?; How Porn Is Messing with Your Manhood; Skeptical of Porn Skeptics; Hazards of Herbal Medicine: Lessons from Aristolochia; What is Sexual Orientation?; Did a Teenager Discover an Ancient Mayan City on Google Earth?; Paleo Diets and Utopian Dreams; Does AA Work? Alcoholics Anonymous, 12-Step Programs, and What We Really Know About Substance Abuse Treatment; The Clash of Eschatologies: The Role of End-Times Thinking in World History; Nightmares from the Id: The Neurophysiology of Anomalous Psychological Experiences; Terror Attacks that Never Were; Electromagnetic Fields and Parental Panics: A Case Study in How Science Can Bring Comfort; REVIEWS: Who Invented Science?; Science and the Creation of the Modern Mind; Heaven Is Not For Real; When Scientific American Put Psychics to the Test; JUNIOR SKEPTIC: MammothMysteries! Part One. The Hidden History of Mammoths and Mastodons

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COLUMNS
Hazards of Herbal Medicine: Lessons from Aristolochia
What is Sexual Orientation?
Michelle E. Ainsworth holds an MA in history. She enjoys
SPECIAL SECTION IS PORNOGRAPHY BAD FOR YOU?
New Brain Research Supports the Porn Addiction Model
A Response to Zimbardo, Wilson, and Coulombe
ARTICLES
The Tale of the Ancient Maya and a Canadian Teenager
“LIFE WAS GOOD FOR OUR PALEOLITHIC GRANDparents,” recounts a 2001
The Role of End-Times Thinking in World History
The Neurophysiology of Anomalous Psychological Experiences
Myths of Poison Gas Attacks in History and More Recently on Afghan School Girls
A Case Study in How Science Can Bring Comfort
REVIEWS
Review of The Invention of Science: A New History of the Scientific Revolution, by David Wootton
A Review of The Age of Genius: The Seventeenth Century and the Birth of the Modern Mind by A.C.Grayling
Review of The Myth of an Afterlife: The Case against Life after Death edited by M. Martin and K. Augustine
Review of The Witch of Lime Street: Séance, Seduction, and Houdini in the Spirit World by David Jaher
JUNIOR SKEPTIC
In the pages of Junior Skeptic, we often look at “wild and wooly” mysteries—but today I mean that literally. Today we’ll explore the hidden history of mammoths and mastodons!
First, before we consider the mammoths, I’d like you to
Humanity never knew the dinosaurs. But Ice Age mammals were
People in Europe continued to interpret large fossils as the
Mammoth bones, teeth, and tusks are found across half the
Three hundred years ago, the mystery of gigantic unexplained bones
Siberia’s mammoths became a mystery that sparked intense interest among
There’s an old saying: “It ain’t what you don’t know
Even as an elephant-like view of Siberian mammoths and European
It took several more decades to solve the American mastodon
The Ohio incognitum was such a famous American mystery that