What Is Al-Anon?

The Al-Anon Family Groups are an anonymous fellowship of relatives and friends of alcoholics who share their experience, strength and hope in order to solve their common problems of living with an alcoholic, and to help others to do the same. We believe that alcoholism is an illness that can be arrested, and that changed family attitudes can often aid in recovery.

The only requirement for membership is that there be a relative of friend with a drinking problem. There are no dues for membership. Al-Anon is self-supporting through its own voluntary contributions. At meetings a basket is passed to cover expenses, but contributions are generally modest and strictly voluntary.

Al-Anon has but one purpose: to help families of alcoholics. We do this by practicing the Twelve Steps, by welcoming and giving comfort to families of alcoholics and by giving understanding and encouragement to the alcoholic.

Al-Anon is not allied with any sect, denomination, political entity, organization, or institution; does not engage in any controversy, neither endorses nor opposes any cause. There are no dues for membership. Al-Anon is self-supporting through its own voluntary contributions. Help is here for the asking. Please take a moment to ask yourself these questions: "Are You Troubled By Someone's Drinking?" or "Did You Grow Up With A Problem Drinker?" If you identify with some of these statements, it is important to know that help and hope for friends and families of alcoholics is just a phone call away.