Learn how Alcoholics Anonymous can help with alcoholism

Members of the Galway Simon Choir entertaining customers of Bus Éireann at Ceannt Station, Galway on Thursday. Photo:-Mike Shaughnessy

Members of the Galway Simon Choir entertaining customers of Bus Éireann at Ceannt Station, Galway on Thursday. Photo:-Mike Shaughnessy

Alcoholics Anonymous will hold an open public meeting in the Galway Bay Hotel, Friday January 3 at 8.00pm, which is open all who have an interest in alcoholism and how Alcoholics Anonymous can help in solving a personal drinking problem or helping someone else to solve such a problem.

The convention, which is held on the first weekend of the year, attracts over 1,000 visitors to Galway.

AA is a worldwide fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other in a bid to solve their common problem and help others recover from alcoholism.

The fellowship does not affiliate with any other organisation, according to a local spokesperson. “It has no opinions on outside issues, neither does it endorse or oppose causes; its primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics achieve sobriety.

“Alcoholics Anonymous is concerned solely with the personal recovery and continued sobriety of individual alcoholics who turn to the fellowship for help. It does not engage in the field of alcoholism research, medical or psychiatric treatment and does not endorse any causes.

AA membership is open to anyone who has a “desire to stop drinking”. It is up to individuals to decide when they have had enough. Seeking help is simple by making a call to the local telephone number, where it will be suggested to meet up for an informal talk with two members. There is no pressure and only you choose to take it further by attending a local meeting, where you may hear similar drinking stories to yourself.

Alcoholics Anonymous in Galway can be contacted by telephoning (085 ) 7537 100 from 12 noon to 10pm seven days a week. These telephones are manned by volunteers. You can also visit the Galway AA website at www.galwayaa.com which contains more information on AA fellowship and contact details in Galway.

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