In 1940 US research proved that alcoholism is a primary condition. It does not respond to counselling - hence the need for abstinence and the support of attendance at AA. I myself had this kind of well-meaning counselling for many years and I nearly lost my life at a time when I had a sick husband and six children to support.
My story is not unusual. Let Oliver James and Dr Nick Heather carry on treating those who are problem-drinking because they are not coping with other problems in their lives, but I hope they make a professional assessment of each case, and let the alcoholics go for treatment to those who know more about alcoholism.