AA Opens The Door To Sober Life For Many


AA opens the door to sober life for many Rally attracts international teams Hospital trolley rolls out treats Volunteers help keep many charities afloat Everyone can help do bird survey Alcoholics are staying sober in Whangarei thanks to Alcoholics Anonymous, the organisation which turned 75 years old this month.

Starting in the United States on June 10, 1935, AA now has an estimated two million members in 160 countries and territories.

When Ian M of Nelson got sober in 1945 after reading about AA in Readers Digest and making inquiries, AA took root.

An estimated 4000 members now attend meetings nationwide.

There are 25 meetings held in Northland every day and anyone with a desire to stop drinking is welcome to attend to see if AA is right for them.

"Without AA and its 12-step programme I was unable to stay off alcohol, but like the other 4000 New Zealand members I am sober today," says Dianne, an AA Whangarei member.

"People have to want to stop drinking to be a member of AA, but for an alcoholic staying sober and controlling drinking isn't possible alone."

Anonymity is a foundation principle of Alcoholics Anonymous, with the names of members not identified in the media, on medical records or databases of any kind. For more information call 0800 AAWorks (0800-229-6757) or see www.aa.org.nz.

Whangarei Leader

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