Again Jeff T thanks for more false dilemmas.
AA doesn't necesarrily eliminate drunk driving deaths. Obviously those people driving drunk are not working the program are they? So AA has no to little bearing on the outcome. Eliminating cars or alcohol would reduce drunk driving deaths, that is logicial. No Cars or No Alcohol = No Drunk Driving.
I am not here to stand in anyone's way that wants to get help or even somebody that is getting helped by AA. Just don't tell me it isn't a cult. I could not say what I really believe and remain in AA without being hounded, harassed or shunned. Don't believe me, try it. Go in, get a sponsor, tell him half of that paragraph in the blue book is bad science and false. See what happens, that's what I did. My desire to not drink had not changed so why was I treated differently just because I could prove some statements an old drunk made in his personal manifesto were false? Answer: Because I wasn't playing nice and falling in line = CULT!
Now, as far as getting help. Sure there are some people that find the peer pressure of their AA cult helps them stay sober, so be it. It's their life and if they feel they are the better for it then OK. This is the argument my JW father uses on me when I peg him on the screwed up JW logic and theology. He will finally say, well if it wasn't for the JW's I would be divorced...in jail... a drunk... unemployed... a bad father.... whatever you wish to insert. And knowing my father, that might very well be true! Doesn't mean JW's are not a cult.
I would recommend reading as much modern literature written by actual doctors on the biological and psychological components of addiction. We know more today based on actual science than we ever did before. Then you might be able to see if you are willing to look honestly at yourself how you sabotage yourself over and over again with out even knowing it. Also, looking for other causes like: social environments, culture, anxiety, mental illness, etc.... is a big part of it.
Simply forcing me to admit I have a "allergic reaction" to alcohol is laughable and insincere in 2012. What are you going to tell me next that God left a few old dudes in Brooklyn in charge of saving his entire creation with their magazines and mind numbing lectures?
Good luck to anyone struggling. Just be honest with yourself and open to the answers no matter where they lead you. And there certainly is nothing wrong with simply abstaining from alcohol until you find out what is going on regardless of how long it takes to figure it out one way or the other. That is logicial. Do no more harm....