The Power of Online Meetings

The first online voice AA meeting in Europe, first164yp, was started in January 2009 as a Monday night meeting on free Skype by Dallas T., an American living in Milan, Italy, who had just served as the Young People’s Contact for the Continental European Region (CER). Hence, the ‘yp’ in the name. At the beginning, […]

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A Sober Pandemic

I wanted to get sober but I didn’t want to stop drinking alcohol. That was pretty much my life for all the 10 years that I drank. Drunken parties where I came home stumbling in the dark fumbling for keys that may or may not have been there. How I lived my life pre-pandemic was […]

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Daily Meditation Meetings from Geneva on Zoom

What one meeting used to be like, what happened, and what the Daily Meditation Meetings are like now.  There used to be a Geneva-based meditation meeting. Fellows got together every Friday morning at 7:30am for a one-hour meeting, starting with 10 minutes of meditation followed by a reading of the chair’s choice. Attendance was very […]

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Carrying the Message Under Any Circumstances

Talk about a life beyond your wildest dreams! I am writing this during the lockdown in Milan, and I haven’t been to a face-to-face meeting for more than two months – something that would have been unthinkable to me in years past. A friend and fellow member just called to share experience of taking someone […]

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Finding the Fellowship I Craved in YPAA

My name is A.J. and I am an alcoholic. “Yes, I’m willing.  But am I consigned to a life where I shall be stupid, boring and glum, like some righteous people I see?”  When I came to AA at age 29, I had already lived my life as stupid, boring, glum, and self-righteous as an […]

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