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Extra! Extra! Your Participation in the PAL Study Is Wanted! Read All About It!

One of the most sincere forms of respect


ATTENTION: All you barn-storming, roof-raising, trailblazing, U.S. face-to-face meeting attending LifeRingers* out there! We have some very important news for you:  

LifeRing is now partnering in a study called the Peer Alternatives to Addiction (PAL) Study, which is funded by the National Institutes of Health and led by Sarah Zemore, Ph.D.  This is a critical study that will provide empirical information on the effectiveness of LifeRing and other alternatives to AA, including Smart Recovery and Women for Sobriety (WFS).  The results could help LifeRing by substantiating its effectiveness, and will provide treatment providers and the public with new information relevant to choosing a support group in recovery.

 The study involves online surveys with a projected sample of 800 people, and we are eager to obtain as many participants as possible so that LifeRing is well-represented.  So, we would like to ask you to go to the study website and consider participatingGo to  Participants will receive Amazon gift cards for their participation, and can earn as much as $80.

*Please note that because this is a small study focusing on in-person meetings, only those who have attended an in-person meeting in the U.S. in the past 30 days are eligible. We hope to study online-only participation in the future.

 For more information, please check out the LifeRing Recruitment Flyer, and if you have any questions about the study, feel free to e-mail Dr. Zemore at or Project Coordinator Deidre Patterson at

 Thank you in advance for your help and support of LifeRing!

When Dehydrated Beans and Mystery Meat Just Won’t Do…

isn’t it good to know Taco Bell’s gonna start serving booze*?!

Ay, chihuahua**.

*Do not view (or go to Taco Bell in the near future) if pictures of alcohol trigger you.

**View if you like adorable pictures of sad chihuahuas.

It’s All Fun and Games…

Until someone drunk flies the friendly skies.

You can put yourself in the poor guy’s shoes or that of his fellow passengers’, but either way, isn’t it hilarious and all in good fun, one getting absolutely plastered before taking one’s flight?

And isn’t it great that the airline let him on in that condition, anyway? One suspects this is not new territory…


Arcata, CA Meeting Moving to Google For the Summer…

Google Hangouts


And you’re invited! That’s right, even if you don’t live in California, you can still hang out at a LifeRing meeting this summer.

Here’s the haps:

Due to this being an especially busy summer for Arcata, California face-to-face meeting members, meeting convenor Rick B. is moving it online to Google Hangouts. It will be held on Monday evenings at 6:00 PM PST.

Now, you may be asking yourself, “Yeah, but…how does this Google Hangouts thingy work?” No worries – just e-mail Rick at and he’ll be happy to give you all the information you need.

Sign up, join in, and hang out!




New LifeRing Meetings In Greater London, UK

Bromley Green


LifeRing is very pleased to announce the addition of two new meetings in the Greater London, UK borough of Bromley.

Lee C. brought LifeRing to Bromley Drug and Alcohol service where he volunteers, and reports “We have been trialling a meeting here in Bromley for the last couple of months and am pleased to report that it has been very successful. Many of our attendees have been quick to realise the potential of the LifeRing ethos and it feels to many of us that the meeting has been going a lot longer than it actually has, such is the bond that has been formed.”

Below is the information for both meetings:

When: Saturdays at 5:00 PM, and Tuesdays at 8:00 PM

Where: Bromley Drug and Alcohol Service, 35 London Road, Bromley, Greater London BR1 1DG

Convenor: Lee C.

Contact Information:

We wish Lee  and all meeting members our very best!