Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) Celebrates 50 years in Hong Kong

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    For 50 years, sober alcoholics have been helping each other to recover by offering their experience, strength and hope at no cost and with no obligation 

    3rd September 2019 – (Hong Kong) Fifty years ago this week, an English businessman began his last binge; a 48-hour solo in Bangkok. On 30th August, while flying back to Hong Kong, desperate and hurting, he resolved to seek help from a friend who visited Hong Kong occasionally. He knew his friend had experienced the same feelings of despair: “How could this happen to me?” 

    David recalls, “Clark flew in, quite unexpectedly, on the first of September. We advertised immediately in the English-language press. And on Tuesday, September 2, 1969, the first scheduled AA meeting in the Colony was held at the Mariners Club in Tsim Sha Tsui. The attendance? Clark and me. Our ad worked–for us!” 

    Within a few weeks, AA gained its first Asian member. Soon after, the small group registered with AA’s general service offices in New York and London. The links brought in more members. A second regular meeting was established in the library of St John’s Anglican Cathedral. In 1985, the authorities granted the burgeoning organisation a permanent home. 

    A Celebration of its 50th Anniversary 

    For 50 years, locals and visitors alike have found relief from their illness through Alcoholic Anonymous in Hong Kong. By talking to other alcoholics, fellows lose the obsession to drink and learn how to live meaningful lives. Now, there are more than 40 meetings every week in Hong Kong, in locations all over the territory, in English, Cantonese and French. Several hundred members represent every race, faith, class, age, and profession. 

    On October 26 to 27, the fellowship will host the 11th annual Hong Kong International Convention of Alcoholics Anonymous, welcoming locals and visitors to convene and share their recovery. This year’s theme: “50 Years: One Day at a Time”. 

    HKAA plays a regional role 

    HKAA recently hosted the Asia-Oceania Regional Service Meeting, attended by delegates from 14 countries. The Hong Kong fellowship is active in supporting emerging fellowships in neighbouring countries by conducting workshops and attending meetings. 

    About Alcoholics Anonymous 

    Alcoholics Anonymous is an international fellowship of men and women who have had a drinking problem. It is nonprofessional, self-supporting, multiracial, apolitical and available almost everywhere. There are no age or education requirements. Membership is open to anyone who wants to do something about their drinking problem. It has approximately 2 million members in more than 180 countries. 

    The principle of anonymity is a basic tenet of their fellowship. Those who are reluctant to seek their help may overcome their fear if they are confident that their anonymity will be respected.

    Visit the AA.org Press/Media page for more information. 

    About Alcoholics Anonymous in Hong Kong 

    Visit the https://www.aa-hk.org/ for more information. 

    About the Hong Kong International Convention of Alcoholics Anonymous 2019 

    Visit https://www.aaconvention.hk/ for more information and to purchase tickets. 

    For more information, please contact: 

    HKAA Public Information Coordinator Email: [email protected]