A self-help support group for alcoholics or those affected by excessive drinking is to shut down.

Kirklees Alcohol Advisory Service (KAAS), which held meetings in Huddersfield and Batley, was said to be a victim of Government austerity cuts.

KAAS received £16,000 a year from Public Health England until funding was stopped last year.

The charity continued for 12 months using its cash reserves but now the money has run out.

The last support group meeting will be held at the Methodist Mission in Lord Street, Huddersfield, on Wednesday, April 27 (7pm).

KASS was set up by the late Dr Tabarek Hossain, a consultant at St Luke’s Hospital in Huddersfield, and the father of ITN newsreader Nina Hossain.

Huddersfield-born news anchor Nina Hossain speaks to journalism students at Huddersfield University

An estimated 100,000 people have attended meetings over four decades.

KAAS chairman Norman Macleod described the “end of an era” and added: “It is a really sad day for us.

“We were completely voluntary and run by people who had had alcohol problems themselves in the past. The best people to help are those who have been through it.

“Ex-alcoholics are empathetic and more useful than a sympathetic friend.

“Our funding was peanuts compared to the savings we made but it was stopped. That’s what happens in this day and age with the austerity cuts. Something has to go.”

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Mr Macleod, 72, of Roberttown, said KAAS had pioneered alcohol support services in the district.

Dr Hossain worked with problem drinkers on a daily basis and realised there was a lack of on-going support.

He established a confidential self-help support group run by ex-drinkers and one meeting a week turned into three.

At the end there were two meetings in Huddersfield and one at the Salvation Army HQ in Batley.

Mr Macleod was also a recovering alcoholic and got involved with KASS to fill the void in his life left by giving up drink.

“It’s kept me sober for 10 years,” he said.

Kirklees still has alcohol support services provided by On-Trak in St Peter’s Street, Huddersfield, and no referral is required.

Everyone is welcome to attend the last KASS meeting.