Doctors And Health Professionals Information

Our Primary purpose is to help the still suffering Alcoholic by promoting Alcoholics Anonymous as a practical and cost-effective resource in combating alcohol dependency.

   Notably, we draw attention to the ‘A Doctor’s Opinion’ paper from Dr Jacqueline Chang which states clearly from a scientific and professional viewpoint the AA principles of recovery from alcohol addiction.

   Applying the golden rule of ‘one alcoholic talking to another’, AA is a fellowship of men and women who provide ongoing support for each other and sanctuary for those still suffering from active alcohol addiction.

   There are more than 90 meetings across Bristol so most people can find a meeting which suits them.

   Engaging in an AA programme can provide much more than just support for not drinking; members find positive ways of dealing with life problems thus avoiding traps which could lead them back into drinking.

   The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking, but many meetings are “open” to professionals, family members, friends, and interested parties.  Both open and closed meetings are available throughout Bristol. See attached list.    

    A common misconception is that AA is a religion, which it is not, but specific secular groups exist and can be a good starting point for some people. There are also a Women’s, Young Persons’ and LGBT groups. Please see the attached list and contact us at the address below.  

With thanks, Graham S and Louise K
(Health Liaison Officers for Bristol North AA Intergroup).


Alcoholics Anonymous Health with N.I.C.E guidelines  

A Doctor’s Opinion


This article is based on a transcript of Dr Jacqueline Chang’s paper given to the National Workshop for Health Liaison in York. Dr Chang is a GP and Addictions Specialist and was a Non-alcoholic Trustee of the General Service Board of Alcoholics Anonymous.    
The principles of the programme of Alcoholics Anonymous (“AA”) are scientific and closely follow all the helping therapies which lead people to emotional well-being.

The focus of the programme is spiritual.
Referral to AA is cost effective.

Research has failed to identify any source of help which is even close to AA regarding effectiveness in helping people to achieve long-term sobriety.


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It makes good sense to introduce AA to alcoholic patients at an early stage and to use AA in combination with other forms of treatment such as counselling and the anti-craving drugs.
The National Helpline for Alcoholics Anonymous is 0800 917 7650
The Bristol Helpline for Alcoholics Anonymous is 0117 926 5520 



A selection of recovery documents and flyers are available from the Download link above…..