Can A Non-Existent God Really Cure Alcoholism?

Jonathan Stewart

Thursday, October 1 2015 at 7:30PM

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39 Mount Ephraim
Tunbridge Wells

Jonathan Stewart

What's the talk about?

In recent years Alcoholics Anonymous has become a widely accepted, media approved treatment for problem drinkers.  Yet while AA’s social worth is rarely challenged its efficacy rate, estimated to be 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?  

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 Brighton on programmes validated and awarded by University of Sussex, and is a PhD researcher at University of Southampton.  Author of a long-running column in Guitarist magazine, Jon has also published widely in peer reviewed journals and books.  An active and sober member of Alcoholics Anonymous for 14 years, Jon quit the fellowship in early 2014.  His blog "Leaving AA, Staying Sober" is at