AA host public meeting in Derry to raise awareness

Alcoholics Anonymous will be holding a pulic meeting in Derry tomorrow. (0211MM10)
Alcoholics Anonymous will be holding a pulic meeting in Derry tomorrow. (0211MM10)

Alcoholics Anonymous will be holding a public information session in Derry tomorrow to raise awareness of the service it provides.

The open session will form part of the Alcoholics Anonymous ‘Day of Gratitude’ in Cultúrlann Uí Chanain, Great James Street, Derry.

The day will begin with registration at 11am and will involve a series of AA meetings from each branch of the organisation in the County Derry area.

The public information meeting which begins at 8pm will provide information on the activities of AA and is designed to make people aware of the type of help and advice the organisation provides.

It will include a briefing from an AA member on what the group does to help people, as well as a representative from Al-Anon, the group which helps the families of those struggling with alcohol addiction. A doctor will also speak on the health effects of alcohol abuse.

The organisers have said the public information meeting is open to everyone and encouraged anyone who is concerned about their own drinking, or that of a friend or relative, to come along.

The ‘Day of Gratitude’ will conclude with a dance in An Chultúrlann from 11pm to 1am.

A spokesperson for the group locally said the ethos of AA is summed up by the group’s preamble. “Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism.

“The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. There are no dues or fees for AA membership; we are self-supporting through our own contributions. AA is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organisation or institution; does not wish to engage in any controversy; neither endorses nor opposes any causes. Our primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety,” it states. The organisers of the meeting said they hope anyone who is concerned about their drinking will come along. They said people from all walks of life and if all ages attend AA meetings.

For more information about AA contact 028 90434848, email gso@alcoholicsanonymous.ie or visit the website at www.alcoholics anonymous.ie