Before we light this gasoline soaked issue on fire, please understand that we are exempting people who have abstained voluntarily as part of religious obligations. They are nutty for entirely different reasons.
From a study published in Addiction:
It has long been recognised that excessive alcohol consumption can lead to poor physical and mental health. However, there has been mounting evidence that low levels of alcohol consumption may also be associated with poor mental health possibly due to abstainers having other health problems or being reformed heavy drinkers.
Drinking alcohol is like many other enjoyable facets of life – don’t overdo it. Whatever the underlying reason, whether genetic susceptibility or purely psychological, it is clear that being unable to moderate consumption is an indicator of some kind of problem.
The authors conclude that in societies where some use of alcohol is the norm, abstinence may be associated with being socially marginalised or particular personality traits that may also be associated with mental illness.
One of the things we do which truly makes the sun shine brighter, the air taste sweeter, and life more enjoyable is exposing quacks and hustlers. For that reason, it is our duty to inform you that Alcoholics Anonymous, a group dedicated to helping alcoholics through a 12 step program of abstinence, may not be as helpful and benevolent as they first appear.
- The Alcoholics Anonymous 12 step treatment plan may cause more harm than good, and is not based on science.
- Alcoholics Anonymous is a religious organization, which may not be suitable for many people. They offer religion as a cure for a disease.
- Alcoholics Anonymous represses information about alternative programs, which offer treatment in a secular environment.
- Alcoholics Anonymous represses information about the fact that abstinence, as opposed to moderation, may be a poor choice for many.
- A good portion of the Alcoholics Anonymous clientele are coerced by the courts to join, thus making their “attraction rather than promotion” marketing spiel complete baloney.
We recommend reading Alcoholics Anonymous: Cult or Cure by Charles Bufe to get a detailed look at all the sordid details. Obviously, a Mormon who chooses not to drink is different from an underhanded, cult-like organization promoting its religious message as the only possible solution to a medical problem.