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Religious Organisations

Welcome to our online information service for staff in Religious Organisations

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 Religious Organisations

As a spiritual advisor or member of the clergy, you will be accustomed to people turning to you for guidance over personal problems. Because of this, you be well aware of the harmful effects of alcoholism on certain individuals and on those around them, particularly the families.

Alcoholics Anonymous welcomes people of all faiths and those who profess no faith, and because many alcoholics look for guidance from their spiritual advisors, A.A. co-operates closely with staff in religious organisations . A.A. meetings are often held in premises belonging to churches or synagogues and staff members are welcome to attend open meetings to acquaint themselves with how A.A. works.

Talks for staff can also be 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 email hidden; JavaScript is required

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