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Al-Anon Family Groups and Alateen

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    When you don’t know where to turn because someone drinks too much, Al-Anon Family Groups can help.

    Our Alateen groups support younger members, usually teenagers, whose lives have been affected by someone else’s drinking.

    All ethnicities are welcome.



    Al-Anon Family Groups

    Al-Anon Family Groups has one purpose: to help families of alcoholics.

    We do this by practicing The 12 Steps and by welcoming and giving comfort to families of alcoholics and by giving understanding and encouragement to the alcoholic. We believe that alcoholism is a family illness and that changed attitudes can aid recovery.

    The Al-Anon Family Groups Program is adapted from Alcoholics Anonymous and is based upon:

    • The 12 Steps - study of these steps is essential to progress in the Al-Anon Family Groups program. The principles they embody are universal, applicable to everyone, whatever your personal creed.
    • The 12 Traditions - these guidelines are the means of promoting harmony and growth in Al-Anon Family Groups and in the worldwide fellowship of Al-Anon Family Groups as a whole.
    • The 12 Concepts of Service - the 12 Steps and 12 Traditions are guides for personal growth and group unity. The 12 Concepts are guides for service.

    Al-Anon Family Groups are an anonymous fellowship, so what is said in a meeting is held in confidence and your anonymity is protected at all times.  All ethnicities are welcome.


    Alateen is a fellowship for younger members, usually teenagers, whose lives have been affected by someone else’s drinking.

    The purpose of Alateen groups are for young people to come together to:

    • share experience, strength and hope with each other
    • discuss their difficulties
    • learn effective ways to cope with their problems
    • encourage one another
    • help each other understand the principles of the Alateen programme


    There are no dues or fees in Al-Anon and Alateen meetings.

    Most groups pass a basket for voluntary contributions. Members are asked to contribute what they can afford, so that the group can pay rent, provide literature, and offer support to local and worldwide service centres.