Alcoholic Support Groups:

  • Alcoholics Anonymous
    Meetings seven days a week
    401 S. 11th
    St. Joseph, MO
  • 510 Group (Non-Smoking)
    Meetings held at noon  Monday through Saturday.  Sundays at 10 a.m.
    1207 1/2 Frederick
    St. Joseph, MO
  • Alcoholics Anonymous for Women – Sober Skirts (Non-Smoking)
    Huffman Methodist Church Enrichment Center
    28th and Sacramento
    St. Joseph, MO
    Meetings are closed and are at 7 p.m. on Tuesdays. Women only.
  • Accent on Sobriety (Non-smoking)
    404 South 8th Street
    St. Joseph, MO
    Sunday meeting times are noon and 7:00 p.m.
    Monday through Saturday is 10:00 a.m., noon and 7:00 p.m
  • Sobriety and Beyond
    1123 S. 10th Street (Enter back upstairs)
    St. Joseph, MO
    Open meeting is Sunday at 5 p.m.
    Closed meetings are Tuesday and Friday at 8p.m.
  • Came To Believe   (Non-Smoking)
    124 Ohio Street (downstairs)
    Eureka Valley Baptist Church
    Closed meetings are Saturday at 4:00 p.m. and Thursday at 7:00 p.m.
  • Savannah Bootstraps (Non-smoking)
    511 W. Market Street
    Savannah, MO
    Closed meeting and handicapped accessible.
    Monday , Thursday and Saturdays at 8 p.m. at the First Christian Church. Thursdays and the first Saturday of the month are the only open meetings.
  • Platte City Solutions Group
    230 Main, Platte City, Mo
    Open meetings are 6 p.m. on Thursday and Friday and 8 p.m. on Saturday.
    Closed meetings are Sunday at 10 a.m. and 8 p.m.
    Monday through Friday at 12 p.m., 4 p.m., 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.
    Saturday at 12 p.m., 6 p.m.

Closed meetings are for alcoholics/addicts only.  Open meetings are for everyone.

Alcohol Addiction Resource Guide


Thirty percent of MWSU students have consumed no alcohol in the past year.
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Risks of Underage drinking

  • National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism:
    • Each year, approximately 5,000 young people under the age of 21 die as a result of underage drinking; this includes about 1,900 deaths from motor vehicle crashes, 1,600 as a result of homicides, 300 from suicide, as well as hundreds from other injuries such as falls, burns, and drownings (1–5).
    • Youth that consume alcohol before the age of 15, are four times more likely to have alcohol dependency.
    • Research shows the brain keeps developing well into the twenties, during which time it continues to establish important communication connections and further refines its function.
    • Growth and Endocrine Effects—In both males and females, puberty is a period associated with marked hormonal changes, including increases in the sex hormones, estrogen and testosterone. These hormones, in turn, increase production of other hormones and growth factors (50), which are vital for normal organ development. Drinking alcohol during this period of rapid growth and development (i.e., prior to or during puberty) may upset the critical hormonal balance necessary for normal development of organs, muscles, and bones. Studies in animals also show that consuming alcohol during puberty adversely affects the maturation of the reproductive system (51).

Risks of common binge drinking of College students

  • Sobering Statistics:
    • According to the Core Institute, an organization that surveys college drinking practices, 300,000 of today’s college students will eventually die of alcohol-related causes such as drunk driving accidents, cirrhosis of the liver, various cancers and heart disease.
    • Almost one-third of college students admit to having missed at least one class because of their alcohol or drug use, and nearly one-quarter of students report bombing a test or project because of the aftereffects of drinking or doing drugs.

Alcohol & Academic Performance