Cult-like or just welcoming?
I've only been active since the '70s. I have lived in many places and enjoyed meetings in 25 states and over 30 countries. I have heard "shouting, yelling and hooting" at many meetings, in response to humorous anecdotes or congratulations. I don't remember "chanting" (Websters: "rhythmic, monotonous utterances"). I've been comforted when greeted with "Hi _____" tens of thousands of times in meetings in which I've participated. I've never been offended. It's absolutely appropriate to say "Hi _____" to anyone after they introduce themselves. To blame the peaking of AA's membership on members...
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Gold Canyon, Ariz.