Al-Anon offers understanding and support for families and friends of problem drinkers in an anonymous environment, whether the alcoholic is still drinking or not.
The parents, children, wives, husbands, friends and colleagues of alcoholics could all be helped by Al-Anon and Alateen whether or not the drinker in their lives recognises that a problem exists.
At Al-Anon group meetings, members receive comfort and understanding and learn to cope with their problems through the exchange of experience, strength and hope. The sharing of problems binds individuals and groups together in a bond that is protected by a policy of anonymity. Members learn that there are things they can do to help themselves and indirectly to help the problem drinker. Changed attitudes, which come from greater understanding of the illness, may result in the drinker seeking help.
Al-Anon is self-supporting through members' voluntary contributions and the sale of its literature.
groups are non-professional and have no religious or other affiliations and no
opinions on outside issues.
1951 these groups were drawn together and became Al-Anon Family Groups.
Alateen is part of the Al-Anon fellowship and is for young people, aged 12 - 17 inclusive, who are affected by a problem drinker. Alateen members share their ideas and experience in order to gain a better understanding of alcoholism; they learn to accept it as an illness and so lessen its impact on their lives. By removing their preoccupation with the drinker's behaviour they are able to focus on their own development and sense of identity.
Alateen groups are sponsored by two adult Al-Anon members. (Alateen sponsors are screened and registered with the Al-Anon Family Groups UK & Eire General Service Office.)
The following twenty questions are to help you decide whether Alateen is for you.
Do you have a parent, close friend or relative whose drinking upsets you?