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Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Alcohol research


Controlling the sale and supply of alcohol, Gov UK













Reducing harmful drinking, Dept of Health

National Statistics Statistics on Alcohol - England, 2013 [NS], Health and Social Care Information Centre, May, 2013


Public Health England Business Plan 2014 to 2015, Public Health England, June, 2014

Statistics on Alcohol - England, 2014, Health and Social Care Information Centre, May, 2014


Smoking, Drinking and Drug Use Among Young People in England – 2013, Health and Social Care Information Centre, 2013





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Cheers

The Fellas (Friends of Alcoholics Anonymous)

Monday, 25 May 2015

Conference questions not quite up to par! (contd)


26 
Would Conference discuss whether the conscience of the group is properly represented when the current service structure in Great Britain does not allow GSRs a vote at regional level?

Background: 

With ever-increasing vacancies in the service structure at regional level, delegates are being elected by an ever-decreasing quorum. There is a risk that the "actual voice and effective conscience" of the AA groups is not being carried.

References:

The 48th General Service Conference 2013 Report, Committee 4, Question 1:
"The most successful methods were where groups have an active, well ‐ supported and enthusiastic GSR who forms a vital link between the individual member and the wider fellowship."
AA Structure Handbook for Great Britain 2013, pp.80‐81
AA World Service Manuel [sic], pp.s15‐s22
Concepts 1 & 9
Pamphlets: The Twelve Traditions Illustrated, The AA Group and Rewards of being a GSR.

Terms of Reference No. 7 Covered in existing literature.

Comment: God forbid that democracy should ever break out in AA! What on earth would we do? Why! That would be like treating AA members as adults..... who knows where it might end???

Cheers

The Fellas (Friends of Alcoholics Anonymous …. and particularly heavy on the irony today) 

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Sunday, 24 May 2015

Alcohol research



Chapter 2 - Drinking (General Lifestyle Survey Overview), Office for National Statistics, UK, March 2013

Rebalancing the Licensing Act, UK Gov, July, 2010


Alcohol strategy consultation, UK Gov, Nov, 2012


Late night levy, Home Office, UK, 2011


Smoking, Drinking and Drug Use Among Young People in England – 2012, Health and Social Care Information Centre, UK, July, 2015

Guidance on mandatory licensing conditions, Home Office, UK, Sept, 2014



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Saturday, 23 May 2015

The 13th Step




the13thstepfilm.com

Another perspective on AA ….. remember that bit about keeping an open-mind!

Cheers

The Fellas (Friends of Alcoholics Anonymous)

Friday, 22 May 2015

Conference questions not quite up to par! (contd)


25.
There has been a growing prejudice and willingness to try and expel or punish certain individuals or groups over the last couple of years. Can Conference please discuss ways in which itself and the GSB can show more leadership in assisting unity in areas where this attitude is prevalent?

Background

In some Intergroups, it is known that some Groups are being excluded, or their members are being prevented from taking part in Service. Often, this is because nominations are actively blocked, often leaving a variety of Intergroup Service positions vacant, rather than allow the election of a capable and willing AA from the ‘disliked’ Group.

Conference or the GSB could offer practical advice on how Groups could act in a more unified way, or in certain circumstances advise how those AA Groups having genuine concerns could highlight them to Conference or the GSB and ask whether it / they would be prepared to make the ‘offer of mediation’ (AA Service Manual combined with Twelve Concepts for World Service, 2004‐2005 edition, p.72).
Traditions 1, 4 and 10

Terms of Reference No. 5/6 Similar question at Conference 2013 (Comm 5, Question 2). Lack of background material.

Comment: Not them again! (see below). As for “capable and willing” ….. maybe willing but certainly not capable! But we like the idea of mediation ….. that's a new tack! On the other hand maybe they should just bugger off! How's that for a bit of mediation? Lacking in finesse a bit perhaps but hardly in concision ….

Cheers

The Fellas (Friends of Alcoholics Anonymous … and usually to the point!)

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Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Conference questions not quite up to par! (contd)


24. 
AA groups are being denied their basic right of membership in local Intergroups . This action also denies them participation in Region and Conference. Can Conference please clarify this situation and give advice so that minorities in AA are no longer banished from our Service/Conference structure and that their conscience is heard.

Background

When these groups have asked the assistance of Conference in the past they have been told “it’s a local issue” and up to the “conscience of those concerned”. When the Conscience of those concerned deal with it, by fo [sic]

Conference 2012 Comm 5 Qu 2 says that by being part of the group conscience and valuing the importance of love, tolerance and the right to participate, we can best strengthen the unity of the Fellowship.

Terms of Reference No. 6/7 Lack of clarity in the question and background material and that this is a matter to be decided locally.

Comment: Here we go! Sounds like the Bournemouth Road to Recovery cult group bleating about their rights ….again … and again … and …. Funny thing is that those who most protest their rights usually have the least regard for the rights of others .. and certainly no conception of their own duties or responsibilities! And where does it say that a group has a “basic right” to membership in a local intergroup? Surely that's up to the groups to decide … which brings us back to the response.... “that this is a matter to be decided locally” .. We always find it highly ironic (and even a little amusing) to hear cult members talk about love and tolerance .. they know so little of it themselves. As to the RIGHT to participate this refers to Concept IV:

4. At all responsible levels, we ought to maintain a traditional “Right of Participation,” allowing a voting representation in reasonable proportion to the responsibility that each must discharge.”

So one of the prerequisites for assuming such a “Right” is that those concerned have some faint grasp of the concept of responsibility, and its application, something rather lacking in cult circles generally …. After all you wouldn't put a paedophile in charge of a nursery would you?

Cheers

The Fellas (Friends of Alcoholics Anonymous)

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