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Grapevine : August 2010
AA-related helping measured in study With evidence of the salience of service work in sustaining sobriety, Maria Pagano, PhD, developed a method to quantify and gauge an alcoholic's participation level in Alcoholics Anonymous-related helping (AAH). In in-depth interviews with AA members with more than 20 years of sobriety, her continued research found AAH to be rated as very important during early recovery as well as in long-term recovery. As a result of the empirical work and qualitative interviews with recovering alcoholics, Pagano designed a tool that assesses AAH participation, the "Service to Others in Sobriety" (SOS) tool. is study follows Pagano's 2004 study, "Helping others in Alcoholics Anonymous and drinking outcomes: Findings from Project MATCH," which involved 1,726 treatment- seeking alcoholics. In this study, she dem- onstrated that AAH cut the risk of relapse in half in the year following discharge. " e SOS measures the degree to which an alcoholic is giving service," said Dr. Pagano. Both concrete acts of service and personal sharing appear important, her study reported. Source: National Institute of Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse Alcoholism At Large Neuro deficits linger in women Although women are less likely than men to abuse alcohol, those who do su er the same kinds of neuropsychological prob- lems, such as impaired working memory and visuospatial abilities, as alcoholic men, according to research at Stanford University. Researchers studied neuropsychological deficits in 43 alcoholic women who were sober, on average, for 3.6 months, and compared their performance to a non-alcoholic group. Like male alcoholics, the female alcoholics showed the greatest impairment in short-term (working) memory and visuospatial abilities. e deficits remained significant even a er average abstinence of three months, reflecting the chronic nature of the disease even a er the acute e ects of in- toxication have worn o . Source: Probation Journal Deficits remained signifi- cant after three months. IMAGES FOR ILLUSTRATION PURPOSE ONLY e purpose of these pages is to o er information that may further readers' understanding of the medical, legal and social aspects of alcoholism; the severity and international scope of the illness; and the worldwide e orts being made to combat it. Publication here does not imply endorsement or a liation. AA does not conduct or participate in research, nor does it hold any opinion on research conducted by others. Grapevine 61