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Bobby Beach is back! On March 16, 2017, Bobby Beach made his AA Agnostica debut with “The Watering Down of AA”, an angry anti-fundamentalist screed in response to the angry fundamentalist, anti-atheist, anti-agnostic, anti-weak tea drinker screeds of days gone by. A contrite Bobby B. opens his mind to AA … Continue reading

The Watering Down of AA


Not a New Thing On any given day, the AA world witnesses a remarkable volume of whining about the watering down of Alcoholics Anonymous. Various individuals, groups, and institutions comprise the extensive cast of offenders. The names are gravely uttered through the gritted teeth and snarled lips of our fundamentalist … Continue reading

The first agnostic AA meetings in New York

New York City

This was the third of three main talks at a workshop on the history of secular AA at the We Agnostics, Atheists and Freethinkers International AA Convention in Austin, Texas, in November 2016. By Deirdre S. Hi. I am Deirdre, a cross-addicted alcoholic. Since everybody said their sobriety date, I … Continue reading

My Name is Charlie Polacheck


By Nick H. Hello my name is Nick and I’m an alcoholic. I’ve been sober since February 15, 1991. I had the privilege of knowing Charlie Polacheck in the last 12 years of his life when he moved to Austin to be with his three sons who had serendipitously moved … Continue reading

Quad A


This was the first of three main talks at a workshop on the history of secular AA at the We Agnostics, Atheists and Freethinkers International AA Convention in Austin, Texas, in November 2016. By Chuck K. I am Chuck K. I’m from Chicago. I had my last drink June 3rd, … Continue reading

A Different Road

Different Road

This article was first published in the Chicago Tribune twenty-one years ago, on February 22, 1995. It reports on alcoholics in AA celebrating – “the drunks are having a party” – the twentieth anniversary of the founding of the very first “Quad A” meeting – Alcoholics Anonymous for Atheists and Agnostics. Today there are a dozen such … Continue reading

The Jellinek Curve


By life-j. E. M. Jellinek (“Bunky”) is among other things said to be the father of the “Jellinek Curve” which we saw here at AA Agnostica a while back. He was also one of the foremost researchers on alcoholism in his day. It appears that he was one of the … Continue reading

Jung and the Labyrinth of Addiction

Carl Jung

Editor’s Note: Carl Jung had more experience with dealing with and treating addiction, and more of an impact on the origins of Alcoholics Anonymous, than is usually acknowledged and for which he is given credit. In a second letter to Jung, dated March 20, 1961, Bill Wilson wrote: “(Your) views had an immense … Continue reading

Bill Wilson’s Experience with LSD


By Thomas B. In what has to be one of the strangest ironies I’ve ever experienced, I came across a post in a most unlikely place that served as the inspiration to write this article about Bill Wilson’s experience with LSD. It was on an ultra-fundamentalist, Christian blog, which was … Continue reading

When did I become an alcoholic?


By Les C. When did I become an alcoholic? All during of my first 80 years I was a “social drinker.” I maintained an adequate supply of various cocktail mixes and “straight” beverages in my larder. Every gathering of friends included an inquiry as to whether anyone would like a “drink” … Continue reading

AA started in riots

“AA started in riots.” Mitchell K., quoting his sponsor, Clarence Snyder. How it Worked: The Story of Clarence H. Snyder and the Early Days of Alcoholics Anonymous in Cleveland, Ohio By Roger C. What would become AA was born and bred within the Oxford Group, an explicitly Christian religious movement. The … Continue reading