A member of the international self-help group Alcoholics Anonymous, AA, is visiting the Solomon Islands next week.The AA member will be here to help set up regular meetings for people in Honiara who think they have a problem with alcohol.
In keeping with the AA's tradition of Anonymity, the AA member is Ian C of West Australia who serves as one of AA Australia's two World Service delegates.
Ian's first meetings will be at the Holy Cross Church and at the Hope Church in Zion. He will also be holding meetings in other areas including Malaita.
The Alcohol Anonymous meetings are scheduled to begin next Monday.
The AA states in its website that it is a "a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism." It also states that the only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking.
There are no dues or fees for AA membership as it is self-supporting through generous contributions. AA is also not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization or institution as their primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety.