Welcome to Al-Anon Family Groups

  • Do you need help to cope with the effects of someone else's drinking?
  • Is the drinking of your partner, parent, child or friend worrying you?
  • Did you grow up in a family affected by alcohol abuse?
  • Al-Anon is a separate fellowship from Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)
  • Al-Anon is based on the Twelve Steps and the Twelve Traditions (adapted from AA).

Alcoholism, alcohol abuse, or problem drinking affects thousands of families all over the world. If you are concerned about someone else's drinking, we encourage you to read the page for information about the Al-non family programs.


Alateen is a fellowship of young Al-Anon members, usually teenagers, whose lives have been affected by someone else's drinking.

Purposes of Alateen:

Young people come together to...

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



To help families and friends of alcoholics recover from the effects of living with someone whose drinking is a problem.

Similarly, Alateen is our recovery program for young people. Alateen groups are sponsored by Al-Anon members. Alateen provides support for teenagers affected by the problem drinking of a parent or other family member.

Our program of recovery is adapted from Alcoholics Anonymous and is based on the Twelve Steps, the Twelve Traditions, and the Twelve Concepts of Service.

The only requirement for membership is that there be a problem of alcoholism in a relative or friend.   Al-Anon/Alateen is not affiliated with any other organization or outside entity.

Al-Anon meetings are held in more than 115 countries, and there are more than 24,000 Al-Anon and Alateen groups worldwide.


Our publications are based on the shared experience of our membership, and their willingness to apply Al-Anon's principles to their lives. Our literature is available in approximately 30 languages.



Whether the alcoholic is still drinking or not, Al-Anon and Alateen offer hope and recovery to people affected by the alcoholism of a relative or friend.

Almost all of us had questions before coming to our first meeting, but we all took that initial step toward recovery and decided to attend a meeting. Years later, many of us still come back because the meetings help us heal and offer hope. 

Remember: you are not alone and there is always hope.

At Al-Anon meetings, members share with each other their experience, strength and hope in applying the Al-Anon principles to their own lives that have been affected by someone else’s problem drinking. Through this exchange, members learn about the disease of alcoholism, and how it affects behaviours in family members.

Anyone concerned about someone else’s drinking is welcome to attend. Group meetings vary in size from 2 to 20+.

Meeting details (venue, day, start time) do change sometimes (while others remain stable for many years), so a good suggestion is to check with the your parish office, if possible, when planning to attend a meeting for the first time.

Alateen members meet in church halls, school rooms or other suitable places (usually in the same building as an Al-Anon group, but in a separate room.)


Every Alateen group needs two active, adult members of Al-Anon (certified by their local Area) to serve as sponsors.

The sponsors are an active part of the group, guiding and sharing knowledge of the Twelve Steps and Traditions.  

Alateen members learn:

  • compulsive drinking is a disease

  • they can detach themselves emotionally from the drinker's problems while continuing to love the person

  • they are not the cause of anyone else's drinking or behaviour

  • they cannot change or control anyone but themselves

  • they have spiritual and intellectual resources with which to develop their own potential, no matter what happens at home

  • they can build satisfying and rewarding life experiences for themselves

Al-Anon and Alateen members are helped when they:

Al-Anon/Alateen groups do not:

  • Attend meetings on a regular basis
  • Make telephone contact with other members
  • Read Al-Anon / Alateen literature
  • Have a personal Sponsor
  • Apply the Twelve Steps of recovery to their lives
  • Become involved in Al-Anon service work.
  • Give advice
  • Indulge in gossip or criticism
  • Discuss members' religious beliefs, or lack of them
  • Endorse or oppose any cause, therapy, or treatment.

Alateen Online:

The international Al-Anon office has produced podcasts, videos and other interesting information for teenagers that can be safely accessed online. The specific section of the website is at: http://www.al-anon.alateen.org/members-and-professionals-talk-about-alateen, which will open in a new browser window. 

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