Dry spell: can the AA truly cure addiction?

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Some addiction experts are now coming to the conclusion that Alcoholics Anonymous is a flawed enterprise. Are they right, asks Alex Meehan

When a New York stock- broker named Bill Wilson met a surgeon named Dr Bob Smith in 1935, they were both hopeless alcoholics and desperate to find a way to turn their lives around.

At the time, it was common for alcoholism to be perceived as a moral failing, and a sign of weak character – medical science had little if any insight into the psychology of addiction. But out of that meeting came something extraordinary:...

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