History

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For over sixty five years, Al-Anon Family Groups have been helping families and friends of alcoholics worldwide.

Started in the USA in the late 1930s as informal meetings by a small group of the close relatives of recovering alcoholics, Al-Anon came to these islands in 1951 with the first group being formed in Belfast.

Since that time, Al-Anon has grown in the UK and Republic of Ireland into a network of over 800 self-help groups and continues to attract new members every day of the week. Al-Anon is truly cosmopolitan being non-religious, non-political and multi-racial.

Al-Anon is freely available to anyone who is or has been affected by someone else's drinking, including adult children of alcoholics, parents, partners, spouses, other relatives and friends of alcoholics.

Alateen started in the UK and Republic of Ireland in 1964 and is for teenagers between the ages of twelve and seventeen.  Young people are also welcomed into Al-Anon groups.

Over the years, many members have shared that, without Al-Anon, they would have found living with the effects of someone else's alcoholism too much to deal with.