Getting help from Al Anon

Many of our members took their first step towards a better life when they decided to attend an Al-Anon Family Groups meeting.

There are over 700 Al-Anon groups throughout the UK and Eire where you will be welcomed with acceptance and understanding. When family life with a problem drinker is chaotic, an Al-Anon meeting can provide a much-needed safe haven in which to share experience, strength and hope.

Contact our helpline

Our friendly helpline volunteers, who are all Al-Anon members, are available 365 days a year between 10am and 10pm on 0800 0086 811 to answer questions in complete confidence.  You are more than welcome to simply turn up to an Al-Anon meeting. Click on Find a Meeting for details of a meeting near you. Many members prefer to call our confidential helpline first.

Residents of the Republic of Ireland can reach us on 01 873 2699 (10am to 10pm, seven days a week).

If you live in Northern Ireland, you can call 02890 68 2368 (6pm to 11pm, seven days a week; 10am to 1pm Monday to Friday).

Virtual (online and telephone) meetings

Further avenues of help are available through a variety of virtual meeting platforms. These follow the same principles as face-to-face meetings, including a commitment to anonymity and are run by the Al-Anon World Service Office.

Click here for a current list.

Al-Anon literature

We have a wealth of Al-Anon literature to help you, offering insight into all aspects of dealing with the effects of another's alcoholism. Visit our shop to browse our selection of books, booklets, leaflets and pamphlets. Literature is also available to buy at meetings.

Getting help starts with taking action. Calling Al-Anon or simply turning up at a meeting could be the first step towards changing your situation for the better.


Al-Anon Helpline

  • Talk to a member in confidence
  • 7 days a week
  • Free phone

0800 0086 811

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