About Al-Anon


Al-Anon Family Groups, which includes Alateen, has been in existence for over 50 years as a community resource providing support to those affected by someone else’s drinking. Today, there are over 26,000 Al-Anon and Alateen groups meeting in 115 countries. Our meetings are anonymous and confidential. There are no dues or fees for membership.



The Al-Anon Family Groups are a fellowship of relatives and friends of alcoholics who share their experience, strength, and hope, in order to solve their common problems. We believe alcoholism is a family illness, and that changed attitudes can aid recovery.


Al-Anon is not allied with any sect, denomination, political entity, organization, or institution; does not engage in any controversy, neither endorses nor opposes any cause. There are no dues for membership. Al-Anon is self-supporting through its own voluntary contributions.


Al-Anon has but one purpose: to help families of alcoholics. We do this by practicing the Twelve Steps, by encouraging and understanding our alcoholic relatives, and by giving understanding and encouragement to the alcoholic.


Help is here for the asking. Please take a moment to ask yourself these questions: Are you troubled by someone else’s drinking? Did you grow up with a problem drinker? If you identify with some of these statements, it is important to know that help and hope for friends and families of alcoholics is just a phone call away.



  • is for families and friends of alcoholics
  • is a separate fellowship from Alcoholics Anonymous (AA).
  • Al-Anon is based on the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions adapted from AA
  •  Is compatible with professional treatment



  • Is part of the Al-Anon fellowship designed for the younger relatives and friends of alcoholics through age nineteen
  • Members conduct their own meetings with the guidance of an Al-Anon sponsor
  • Follows the same Twelve Steps, Twelve Traditions, and principles as Al-Anon


Al-Anon/Alateen members are helped when they:

  • Attend meetings on a regular basis
  • Make telephone contact with other members
  • Read Al-Anon/Alateen literature
  • Have a sponsor
  • Apply the Twelve Steps of the recovery to their lives
  • Become involved in Al-Anon service work


Al-Anon/Alateen groups do not:

  • Give advice
  • Indulge in gossip or criticism
  • Discuss members’ religious beliefs, or lack of them
  • Endorse  or oppose any cause, therapy or treatment


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