Is your drinking costing you more than money?

There is a way out

We in AA are men and women who have discovered, and admitted, that we cannot control alcohol. We have learned that we must live without it if we are to avoid disaster for ourselves and those close to us.

With local groups in thousands of communities, we are part of an informal international fellowship with members in more than 100 countries. We have but one primary purpose: to stay sober ourselves and to help others who may turn to us for help in achieving sobriety.

We are not reformers and we are not allied with any group, cause, religious denomination or ethnic background. We have no wish to dry up the world. We do not recruit members. We avoid imposing our viewpoint on problem drinking on others, even if asked.

Within our membership may be found men and women of varying age groups and many different social, economic and cultural backgrounds. Some of us drank for many years before coming to the realisation we could not handle alcohol. Others were fortunate enough to appreciate, early in life or in our drinking careers, that alcohol had become unmanageable.

The consequences of our alcoholic drinking (and thinking) have also varied. Some of our members had become derelicts before turning to AA for help. They had lost family, possessions and self-respect. they had been in the gutter. They had been hospitalised and jailed. They had committed many grave offences – against society, their families, their employers and themselves.

Others among us have never been jailed or hospitalised. Nor have they lost jobs through drinking. But even those men and women finally came to the point where they realised that alcohol was interfering with normal living. When they discovered that they could not seem to live without alcohol, they too sought help through AA rather than prolong their irresponsible drinking.

All the great faiths are represented in our Fellowship and many religious leaders have encouraged our growth. There are even atheists and agnostics among us. Belief in, or adherence to, a formal creed is not a condition of membership.

We are united by a common problem; – alcohol. Through meetings and talking with other alcoholics we are somehow able to stay sober. We lose the compulsion to drink which was once the dominant force in our lives.

While there may be other solutions to problem drinking, we know that the AA programme works for us and we have seen it work for every newcomer, almost without exception, who honestly and sincerely wanted to quit drinking.

Through AA we have learned a number of things about alcoholism and about ourselves. We try to keep these facts uppermost in our minds at all times because they seem to be the key to our sobriety. For us sobriety must always be our first concern.

Get in touch with someone in AA here

As we are sure you're aware, the current Coronavirus outbreak has forced many Alcoholics Anonymous meetings in South Devon to close until further notice.

For local enquiries please email: help@aasouthdevon.org

Below is a list of online and live meetings for South Devon Intergroup updated 07/09/21

(A printable copy of this list can be downloaded by clicking here: SDIG Meetings List

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Next South Devon Intergroup Meeting, to be confirmed...

Monday

ONLINE

LIVE

  • Babbacombe Lunchtime, 12.30pm - All Saints Church Hall, Cary Avenue, Babbacombe, Torquay TQ1 3NY
  • Torquay Monday Evening LIVE, 7.30pm to 8.45pm (no break), St Mary Magdalene Church Hall, 165 Union St. TQ1 4BX Maximum attendees 15
  • Totnes Monday Evening, 7.30pm - Quaker Meeting House, 3 Ticklemore Street, Totnes TQ9 5EJ

Tuesday

ONLINE

LIVE

  • Kingsbridge  Tuesday Lunchtime, 12.30pm -
    The Annexe, Malborough Village Hall, Collaton Road, Malborough, TQ7 3SH
    (Ample free parking.  Tally Ho Bus SH164. Lifts may be arranged from local area, call 07816666808)
  • Newton Abbot Tuesday Evening, 7.30pm - Combeinteignhead Village Hall, Shaldon Rd, Combeinteignhead, Newton Abbot TQ12 4RG

    Full Covid precautions, max attendance is 30.Ample free car parking. There is no public transport, but a number of members driving out from Newton Abbot are willing to give lifts from bus stops or train station, to and from the venue by arrangement (ring 07765-043933 in the first place)


Wednesday

ONLINE

LIVE

  • Paignton - 11.30am to 12.30pm, Baptist Church, 43 Winner Street, TQ3 3BN.  This is a 12 Steps and 12 Traditions meeting  max. 30 attendees
  •  Paignton - 7.00pm, Baptist Church, 43 Winner Street, TQ3 3BN  max. 30 attendees
  • Bovey Tracey - 7.30pm, Bovey Tracey Methodist Church Hall, Fore St,. Bovey Tracey TQ13 9AD (max. 30 attendees, all COVID precautions in place)

Thursday

ONLINE

LIVE

  • Newton Abbot Thursday Lunchtime, 12.00 noon - The Methodist Church, The Avenue, TQ12 2BY
  • Paignton 10.00am - As Bill Sees It. Baptist Church, 43 Winner Street, Paignton TQ3 3BN  max. 30 attendees
  • Brixham Thursday Evening, 7.30pm - The Salvation Army, Bolton Street, Brixham TQ5 9DH
  • Kingskerswell Thursday Evening, 7.30pm - St Mary's Parish Centre, Church End Rd, Kingskerswell, Newton Abbot TQ12 5LD
  • Ashburton Thursday Evening, 7.30pm -St Lawrence Chapel, St. Lawrence Lane, Ashburton, TQ13 7DD (contact Frank: 01364 654977)

Friday

ONLINE

LIVE

  • Dawlish 7.30pm to 8.45pm Manor House, no break Maximum attendees 15 COVID secure. 
  • Torquay Friday Night - 7.30pm St Mary Magdalene Church Hall, 165 Union St. TQ1 4BX

Saturday

LIVE

  • 1.00pm Ashburton Saturday Lunchtime,
    St Lawrence Chapel, St. Lawrence Lane, Ashburton, TQ13 7DD

    (max. 12 attendees, all COVID regulations observed)


Sunday

ONLINE

LIVE

  • Paignton Sunday Lunchtime, 12.00 noon: Coverdale Centre, Paignton Parish Church, 1a Church Path, Paignton TQ3 3DZ 
  •  Paignton Sunday Night, 7.30pm: St Paul's Church, Locarno Avenue, Preston, Paignton TQ3 2DH
  • Newton Abbot - A New Life, 7.30pm: Bradley Community Centre, 1 Mill Close TQ12 1UR (off Chercombe Valley Rd) max 20 attendees, all COVID precautions in place


Simply click on the meeting you'd like to join and follow the instruction below for the meeting type (ZOOM or SKYPE)

ZOOM

Desktop - You may be prompted to download Zoom, but there will also be an option to join as a guest from your browser.

Mobile - you will need to download the Zoom app and use the meeting ID to join.

For some meetings, one member (suggest chair) can take advantage of the 'Host' functionality using the Host key provided. To do so, within the meeting, select 'Manage participants' then 'Claim Host'.

SKYPE

You should have the option to sign in or join as a guest.

LITERATURE

Preamble - https://www.aa.org/assets/en_US/smf-92_en.pdf

Steps - https://www.alcoholics-anonymous.org.uk/about-aa/the-12-steps-of-aa

Traditions - https://www.alcoholics-anonymous.org.uk/about-aa/aa-traditions

Big Book - https://www.aa.org/pages/en_US/alcoholics-anonymous


For many of us, particularly newcomers, meetings are a real life line. We are lucky to live in an age where isolation doesn't have to mean loneliness. Please pick up the phone, text people, video call them and make use of the online meetings that are available - https://www.alcoholics-anonymous.org.uk/AA-Meetings/Find-a-Meeting/Online