Alcoholics Anonymous

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) is an international peer support, mutual-help organization (MHO) comprising men and women who have suffered from addiction to alcohol. Individuals gather regularly in group meetings to provide mutual support and to share their experiences of active addiction and recovery. There are two main aspects to AA: (1) the social fellowship that provides friendships and mutual sober support and (2) a program of action encapsulated in AA’s Twelve Steps.

AA is free and widely available. In the United States, it is the most commonly sought source of help for alcohol problems. In terms of the science supporting its effectiveness, it is only relatively recently that rigorous research has been conducted to establish empirical support for its efficacy and to elucidate the mechanisms through which ...

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