Alcoholics Anonymous Bristol
For the Alcoholic that suffers:
AA is a free resource available to anyone with a desire to stop drinking.
For the Professional:
AA is for alcohol dependent patients who have a desire stop drinking.
Professionals are welcome at ‘open’ AA meetings; this can provide a valuable insight into the way our simple program of recovery works.
Alcoholism Is An Equal Opportunity Illness
Most People, turning up for their first meeting, are not sleeping on park benches, are not homeless, and are usually employed.
Outwardly they appear to have normal lives.
Many of them appear to be very successful with good jobs and a family and a mortgage.
They get up, they go to work, they come home, and they drink.
Sometimes they drink at work, at lunchtimes perhaps, maybe they have begun to hide their drinking from their colleagues and their families, and need a drink first thing in the morning to calm the shakes.
They may have become aware themselves that it might be a bit of a problem.
Mostly they don’t think it’s a problem at all.
They dismiss criticism of their behaviour, they may not be truthful about their levels of alcohol consumption.
A lot of them feel unwell a lot of the time, a constant low hum of a hangover that gets louder now and again when they have really hit the bottle.
They don’t know what will happen when they pick up a drink.
Sometimes they can control it, sometimes they can’t.
For some, it has already passed way beyond any form of control.
Excerpt from a Press release Dec 2017
Information for Professionals
Professionals who work with alcoholics share a common purpose with Alcoholics Anonymous: to help the alcoholic stop drinking and lead a healthy, productive life. We can serve as a source of personal experience with alcoholism as an ongoing support system for recovering alcoholics.
Alcoholics Anonymous has many A.A. members and service committees who are available to provide professionals with information about Alcoholics Anonymous.
A.A. has a long history of cooperating but not affiliating with outside organizations and being available to provide A.A. meetings or information about A.A. upon request.
A.A. communicates with professionals such as: doctors or other healthcare professionals, members of the clergy, law enforcement or court officials, educators, social workers, alcoholism counsellors, therapists, or others who deal with problem drinkers in the course of their work.
The video below features Doctors expressing their views on Alcoholism and AA.
They are friends of AA who have found our program of recovery useful in their work.
© Video posted with kind permission of A.A. World Services, Inc.