Welcome to Dorset Humanists

Dorset Humanists is a welcoming group for humanists, atheists and agnostics who seek to live ethical and fulfilling lives on the basis of reason and humanity. We meet in Bournemouth for informative and enjoyable presentations, debates and discussions on a wide range of subjects including ethics, science, religion, philosophy, politics, our environment and much more. We also organise regular social events.

Inside Alcoholics Anonymous: Can a Non-Existent God Really Cure Alcoholism?

Inside AA 12 December 2015Saturday 12th December 2.00pm 
Moordown Community Centre, Coronation Avenue, Moordown Bournemouth BH9 1TW

With Jon Stewart, Senior Lecturer in Cultural History at BIMM Institute

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) has become a widely accepted and media-approved treatment for problem drinkers. Yet while AA’s social worth is rarely challenged, its efficacy rate, estimated to be as little as 5%, appears comparable to that of spontaneous remission.

Can an imaginary "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 for one of the great social health scourges of our age, and is this really the best we have to offer in the twenty first century? Jon will be sharing his experiences of the rock’n’roll lifestyle, alcoholism and recovery, as he answers these questions and more in this fascinating and entertaining presentation.

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.  He subsequently played on albums by K D Lang and Mel C, and contributed to feature film and documentary soundtracks including Trainspotting and Telstar: The True Story of Joe Meek.  Jon currently lectures in cultural history at BIMM Institute, Brighton, and 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 and sober member of Alcoholics Anonymous for 14 years, Jon quit the fellowship in early 2014. His blog "Leaving AA, Staying Sober" is at http://jonsleeper.wordpress.com

“Join us to hear Jon Stewart reveal the reality of Alcoholics Anonymous, along with some entertaining tales of life in a platinum-selling rock band”

Free entry (donations appreciated).     Everyone welcome!

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