Free AA meeting celebrates 80 years

Hastings and Rother Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) is celebrating the association’s 80th birthday and will host a free public seminar on Wednesday July 8, 2:00-4pm at the Hastings Centre, The Ridge, opposite the Conquest Hospital.

This latest seminar ‘Celebrating 80 Years of 12 Step Recovery’ follows on from last year when the fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous Hastings & Rother held a similar public seminar at the White Rock Theatre which proved beneficial to many.

The seminar on July 8 begins at 2pm with a welcoming cup of tea or coffee. Speakers will then give an introduction to AA in Hastings and Rother and address a wide range of effects for recovering alcoholics. These include: Physical recovery from a medical perspective; Mental recovery as is understood by modern psychiatry, and Spiritual recovery as an essential aspect of living.

A spokesperson said: “Henry Kissinger, once quoted, ‘AA is America’s gift to the world’.

“AA works on its Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions. Tradition Three ‘The only requirement for AA membership is a desire to stop Drinking. Tradition Five ‘Each group has but one primary purpose – to carry its message to The alcoholic who still suffers.’”

The event concludes with a question and answer session commencing at 3pm.

The Fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous is an international fellowship founded in 1935 by Bill Wilson and Dr Bob Smith in

Akron, Ohio, USA. AA’s first UK meeting was held in London in 1947. There are over 2.2 million members in 134 countries and in the UK there are 3,300 weekly group meetings. Email: