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After smoking, alcoholism kills more people in the UK than any other drug. One adult in 13 is dependant on drink, according to Government statistics.
33,000 people die each year due to alcohol-related incidents or associated health problems.
Alcohol is involved in 15% of road accidents, 26% of drownings, and 36% of deaths in fires.
A quarter of accidents at work are drink-related.
A.A. for Staff in Healthcare
As a professional coming into contact with alcoholism you will be well aware of its harmful effects on the individual concerned and those around them, particularly the families.
A.A. Health Liaison works with hospital and treatment centre staff, perhaps visiting someone whom a member of staff has identified as having an alcohol problem and where the individual has expressed a willingness to be visited. Many hospitals welcome A.A. meetings on their premises, where patients can be introduced to a meeting on site.
Talks to doctors and nursing staff can be also arranged on request by contacting the AA General Service Office in York (01904 644026).
What is the best way to get AA help for a problem drinker?
By far the best way to get help is to give them the A.A. telephone number (0800 917 7650) or to call the number while the patient or client is with you and hand them the phone.
The A.A. telephone helpline is manned by A.A. members with at least one year’s sobriety who will offer to arrange for a member to contact them to take them to a local meeting. A similar service is also available by email by writing to firstname.lastname@example.org
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