WIAS is a group of women who met through a research project to find out what women need as support with alcohol issues.
The most helpful part for us was discovering and sharing the things which we found distressing, and our many ways of coping with these.
We run an informal weekly drop-in session at Boston Tea Party in Horfield where you can drop in to chat about any alcohol concerns in a relaxed atmosphere.
We also offer small, facilitated support groups for women in the Bristol area with concerns about their alcohol use. The service is confidential: you do not have to tell us your real name unless you want to. Support and practical help are available. Many of the women involved have had alcohol issues and have managed to deal with them in a variety of ways.
Please contact us for further details about these services.
We also run a helpline (details below).
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We only ask people to donate according to what they can afford, between £0 and £1,000!
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We are able telephone people back once they have made contact. We also have a website they can look at and we are asking people to email questions we will place on the website together with answers and invitations to comment.
Women have told us that they value an opportunity to talk about their alcohol problems, especially with other women service users who have recovered themselves. They are often reluctant to disclose their issues to the health services, or in mixed-sex groups.
We will, of course signpost, to other specialist services when appropriate, and we want to make sure we are offering up to date information.
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|Wednesday||From 18:00||To 22:00|
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Patsy Staddon recovered from addiction over 25 years ago and holds a PhD in women's alcohol issues and their treatment. She is an experienced group leader.
Others working with WIAS are qualified counsellors and women with lived experience of alcohol and mental health issues
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WIAS Trustees include younger and older women and women of LGB orientation. We are currently recruiting for Trustees from different ethnic communities.