The 95% First Year
by Loran Archer
Some of the critics claim that modern A.A. has a dismally low success rate, only 5% or less. These figures, Archer says, are inaccurate and based on flawed statistics. They cannot be supported either from U.S. government research or from A.A.'s own careful records.
THE CORRECT FIGURE IS A CLOSE TO 36% SUCCESS RATE, when measured in the same way that the government would evaluate success in treating diabetes, heart disease, or cancer.
Loran Archer has long been one of America's leading experts on alcoholism, serving in key positions at NIAAA after being recruited from the
position of Director of the California Office of Alcoholism. In the later 1980s,
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