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 the UK 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 700 self-help groups and continues to attract new members every day of the week.

Al-Anon is non-religious, non-political and multi-racial. Al-Anon is available, free of charge, 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 in 1964 and is for teenagers between the ages of twelve and seventeen.


Al-Anon Helpline

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

0800 0086 811

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