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What is Al-Anon?

Someone else's drinking can affect your life - be it a relative or friend, male or female.

Someone else's uncontrolled, and uncontrollable, drinking can:

  • turn love to hate
  • bring you to the depths of despair
  • affect you financially
  • lead to violent outbursts
  • make you doubt your own sanity
  • make you think that you are the problem.

Whatever your relationship to the drinker, whatever your story, Al-Anon can help.

Al-Anon Family Groups hold regular meetings where members share  their own experience of living with alcoholism. Al-Anon does not offer advice or counselling, but members give each other understanding, strength and hope.

My story...

My husband has recently found sobriety.  I used to think that everything in my life would be just hunky-dory if he would only give up drinking.  So why was I not ecstatic, and beside myself with happiness, when he stopped?

Al-Anon has helped me to be honest and realistic that there is no quick fix programme.  It prepared me to understand that sometimes the behaviour that I blamed on the drinking may not stop just because of sobriety.  I am so grateful to the programme and the members who honestly shared their experience of sobriety and taught me so much.

Whilst I am very happy that my husband is sober and that many things improve each new day, it can also bring its challenges.  I was not responsible for his drinking and I am not responsible for his sobriety.  I can accept that I need to live my life and allow him his own path, so my happiness and serenity need not be reliant on whether he drinks or not.