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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.

AA 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 AA 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 can it do for me?

When we suggest joining Alcoholics Anonymous to patients, the response is often negative and questioning and many doctors perpetuate misconceptions about the organisation without proper knowledge. After 29 years of practice on the West Coast of Scotland and clinical observation of the escalating problems of alcohol and the various failed clinical strategies to address problem drinking for my patients, I keep returning to the original classic from America - Alcoholics Anonymous.

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A Doctor's Opinion

This article is based on a transcript of Dr. Jacqueline Chang's paper given to the National Workshop for Health Liaison in York in 1998 and published in the Winter 1999 edition of the AA News. Dr. Chang is a medical practitioner and was a Non-alcoholic Trustee of the General Service Board of Alcoholics Anonymous.

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