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Alcoholics Anonymous Today

Research on the Efficacy of Alcoholics Anonymous

Today AA is an extensive mutual-help organization that spans the globe. Per the chart below there are over 2 million members in over 150 countries.

 
U.S.
Worldwide
Members
1,187,168
2,066,851
Groups
52,735
104,589

A.A. World Services, 2004

395 members who were followed for eight years in a study performed by Humphreys, Moos and Cohen (1997) had positive outcomes after the first 3 years related to:

  • Remission for alcohol problems
  • Lowers levels of depression
  • Higher quality of relationships

In 1998, 3,018 veterans were monitored for one-year by Ouimette, Moos and Finney. Those who were continuing AA attendance from nine to twelve months reported:

  • More abstinence
  • Freedom from substance abuse problems
  • Freedom from significant distress and psychiatric problems
  • More employment

The following table illustrates a direct correlation between the frequency of meetings attended per week and abstinence rates.

AA Meetings
Year 1
Abstinence
Year 1
Abstinence
Year 8
No AA
21%
35%
2-4 meetings per week
43%
57%
5+ meetings per week
61%
73%

Moos & Moos, Journal of Counseling and Clinical Psychology, 2006

 

The following table illustrates the direct correlation between the duration of time attending meetings and abstinence rates:

No. of YEARS attended
No. of
WEEKS attended
% Abstinence at 8 Yrs.
Year 1 None
35%
  1-16 wks.
43%
  17-32 wks.
56%
  33+ wks.
71%
Years 2-8 None
48%
  1-12 mos.
33%
  13-48 mos.
64%
  49+ mos.
89%

Moos & Moos, Journal of Counseling and Clinical Psychology, 2006

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