This is an excellent article. It's interesting to those in addiction research -- but more so, anyone reading health research studies should check this article just to see
-- the problems with published and republished studies.
-- the interpretations and misinterpretations of data
-- the way certain data is selected and other data ignored
-- the differences in subjects (for example, in an AA study are they voluntary attendees or court-ordered)
In addition, this piece is well-written and humorous. The author is impressive.
As the author points out, if you want to quit drinking there are many ways to be successful. Anecdotally though, AA has been a life saver for a close friend of mine, but a lot was at stake and he really had to quit drinking.