FAQs about Al-Anon

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What is alcoholism?

Many leading medical authorities throughout the world recognise alcoholism as a chronic, progressive disease. We believe it is a family disease and that changed attitudes can aid recovery.

What is Al-Anon?

Al-Anon Family Groups is an organisation for the relatives and friends of alcoholics, who share their experience, strength and hope with each other in order to solve their common problems. Al-Anon has one purpose: to help the families and friends of alcoholics. Anonymity is an important principle of the Al-Anon programme.

What is the purpose of anonymity and how does it work?

We protect the individual’s anonymity by using first names. We protect each other’s confidentiality so that we can talk openly about our situation. We protect the anonymity of the alcoholic at all times.

How long has Al-Anon been in existence?

Al-Anon has been offering hope and help to the families and friends of alcoholics since 1951. There are over 24,000 groups worldwide.

Who can be a member of Al-Anon?

Anyone whose life is or has been deeply affected by someone else’s drinking.

Are the children in the family affected by alcoholism?

Yes. They experience many of the same feelings that adults do, including a sense of loss, confusion and guilt.