I made my separation from the group about 3 weeks ago after about 3 years of rational deliberation and continued growth in my own understanding of the factors that contribute to alcoholism.
As I came close to my 9th anniversary my understanding of who I am as an atheist and an emergent life form who will always be changing and growing in understanding I couldn't honestly say I actually agreed with the dogma of AA. Some argue it's a cult, I don't care. It is fixed in it's doctrine, and doesn't allow for anything that resembles research and incorporating new medical and scientific discoveries, and assumes to much about what a disease is versus what a syndrome is. AA assumes expert knowledge in a field which has had the benefit of science for over 70 years but they refuse to use it.
My own entry into the group was in a period of time when I suffering worst from the exit from the cult I was in, recovering from cancer, and untreated Bipolar type 2. It was a mess and I was so confused about the role alcohol played in my life, I'm not any more, I understand my cult involvement I'm now an atheist, I've accepted myself as a cancer survivor, and I'm stable with my bipolar treatment. So I've had a few beers and haven't turned into an instant asshole, I haven't had an uncontrollable binge, or a hangover, I've not blacked out, I haven't been overcome with the need to drink when everyone else is, I can take it or leave it.
Something that has been a benefit to me is the chronic pain I've been having during the day for years is diminished or gone if I have a couple beers at night. Go figure.
If anything changes I'll let you folks know.