Fury as Alcoholics Anonymous Execs Serve Liquor at Annual National Convention
That's quite a bo-booze!
By Richard Shears
6 April 2012
Members of Alcoholics Anonymous are in a froth over a decision to serve liquor at the organisation's national conference this Easter weekend.
A bar will be open at the event being held in Melbourne's Regent Theatre Plaza Ballroom and alcoholics, their friends and families will be able to purchase drinks.
The decision by executive members of the 2012 Alcoholics Anonymous Australian National Convention has caused outrage in the Victorian Chapter of AA which says it 'vehemently opposed' the booze sale.
Bo-booze: A bar will be open at the event being held in Melbourne's Regent Theatre Plaza Ballroom and alcoholics, their friends and families will be able to purchase drinks.
'It's actually quite reprehensible what is going on,' said one member of the Victorian Chapter as several members planning to attend the conference decided to pull out in protest.
'It has caused huge uniform disgust at the grassroots level that it would even be contemplated - it's an incredibly conflicting health message to be sending out there. It's actually quite reprehensible what is going on.'
But a spokesman for the convention, confirming that alcohol would be for sale, said the event was not just for AA members but also their families and friends who should be able to purchase alcohol.
The conference website says it is up to each individual convention committee to make the decision on whether alcohol is available, but it confirms that drinks would be available 'for the friends and family members of AAs and also for any Al-Anons who drink.'
Outraged Australians writing to a newspaper's comment page said AA executives were opening the bar to make money from corporate sponsors.
'They have no regard for the newcomer who is trying to get sober,' wrote one man, adding: 'Shame, shame, shame.'
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