From Stanton Peele:
The great thing about AA and the 12 steps is that, no matter how badly their philosophy fails to improve drinking, they’ve got an answer:
- We need to get more people into AA – let’s start college campus chapters!
- Alcohol is an evil poison – we tell people not to drink it
- It’s a disease people have – we can’t actually reduce alcoholism
So if campus and youthful binge drinking persist, that’s not their problem you see.
The Monitoring the Future annual survey asks students their attitudes towards a variety of aspects of drug and alcohol use. Over 70 percent (72%) of high school seniors in 2010 disapproved of adults having one or two drinks daily (see here, Table 10) — the style of drinking thatprolongs life and reduces the chances of dementia. This is a higher percentage than disapprove of binge drinking — having five or more drinks on weekend nights.
How is it that more high school students — who have been learning aboutdrugs and alcohol since grade school — “know” it is wrong to drink in a way that encourages health in favor of a way that poisons it?
Why, Alcoholics Anoynmous, thank you! AA is all about alcoholism and abstinence, the American black-or-white model of drinking. That’s all young Americans ever learn about alcohol given the AA-based approach in the United States.