If you continue to attend AA and not drop out you have nearly double chance of remaining abstinent.

Estimated Alcoholics Anonymous Membership 1991-1992

  • New members during past year – 0.9 million
  • On-going members – 1.5 million
  • Total membership – 2.4 million

Continuation Rate in Alcoholics Anonymous

In 1991-1992 4.8 million respondents reported ever attending an Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) meeting, for reasons related to their drinking, prior to the last 12 months and 31% reported continued AA attendance during the last 12 months.

Rate of continued AA attendance was associated with years since first AA meeting

  • 1-4 years since first AA meeting – 36% remained
  • 5-9 years since first AA meeting – 30% remained
  • 10-19 years since first AA meeting – 29% remained
  • 20 years or more since first AA meeting – 32% remained

Comparison of Past Year Drinking Status – Dropouts and Continuing AA Members

Dropouts:

  • Abstinent 33%
  • Low risk drinking 14%
  • High risk drinking 53%

Continued AA attendance:

  • Abstinent 62%
  • Low risk drinking 9%
  • High risk drinking 29%
  1. low risk drinking = never exceed 4 drinks per day(male) or 3 drinks per day (female)
  2. high risk drinking = exceeds 4 drinks per day (male) or 3 drinks per day (female)

Research Source: NIAAA 1991-1992 National Longitudinal Alcohol Epidemiologic Survey (NLAES). Data Brief – National Longitudinal Alcohol Epidemiologic Survey (NLAES) Findings on Alcoholics Anonymous Membership by Loran Archer.

Thus, 36% remain attending A.A. at the end of one year and 32% are still attending at the end of 20 years.

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