I beg to differ with the article. AA is for drinkers of any kind -- frequent, infrequent, binge, whatever. The only criteria for membership is a desire to *stop* drinking. Some people may certainly need to detox in a medical facility so they can do it safely, but they will need some kind of a follow-up program afterward, and many people choose AA because it is free, effective, anonymous and everywhere. Millions of people have been helped by this program, and by 12-Step programs in general.
People may pooh-pooh the 12-Step program, but really, the results speak for themselves.