Alcoholics Anonymous has become a widely accepted and media approved treatment for problem drinkers. Yet while AA’s social worth is rarely challenged its efficacy rate, which some critics estimate at around 5%-10%, appears comparable to that of spontaneous remission. Can a non-existent “Higher Power” really offer meaningful solutions to the debilitating and frequently fatal condition of alcoholism? If so, what happens to all those alcoholic atheists and skeptics? How did AA become the go-to treatment modality for one of the great social health scourges of our age? It’s the twenty first century, is this really the best we can do?
Admission is FREE and there will be a collection during the interval (suggested donation £3-5).
Venue: Smoke and Mirrors
Jon Stewart was co-founder, guitarist and co-songwriter for platinum-selling Britpop band Sleeper, with whom he enjoyed three UK Top 10 albums and eight UK Top 40 singles. Jon currently lectures in cultural history at BIMM Institute on programmes validated and awarded by University of Sussex. He is also a PhD researcher at University of Southampton. Author of a long-running column in Guitarist magazine, Jon has published a wide range of research in peer reviewed journals and collections of academic essays. An active sober member of Alcoholics Anonymous for 14 years, Jon quit the fellowship in early 2014.
Jon’s blog “Leaving AA, Staying Sober” is at jonsleeper.wordpress.com.