The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


AA wrestles with roots

What constitutes the heart of Alcoholics Anonymous’ spirituality is a matter of spirited debate, and reformers say the group has drifted from its core principles. The 75-year-old organization has more than 100,000 local meetings and an estimated 2 million members worldwide. “Some think AA is not strict enough,” said Lee Ann Kaskutas, senior scientist at the Public Health Institute’s Alcohol Research Group in Emeryville, Calif. “Others think it’s too strict, so they want to change AA and make it get with the times.”


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