From its inception five years ago, five Alcoholic Anonymous groups have grown up in the area surrounding Bwindi Community Hospital, and a sixth starting soon. Its first two groups are now self-sustaining, with the rest supported by community mental health nurses. Meetings include use of a breathalyser, mutual support and encouragement through prayer and testimonies.
The largest Alcoholic Anonymous group currently has 42 active members, from both Batwa and Bakiga tribes. More than a third have now been sober for over a year, only a few have relapsed, and some members are now employed in local enterprises which have grown from this group. These work therapies currently include vegetable growing, chicken and pig rearing, and selling of the produce.