Information for Health, Education and Media Professionals and Employers

Al-Anon Family Groups is a community resource to which Professionals can refer for support anyone who is, or has been, affected by someone else’s drinking.

For every problem drinker, it is estimated that at least five other people are adversely affected. Treating the drinker without also helping the family and friends can often make the treatment less effective.

For the past sixty years, Al-Anon Family Groups, which includes Alateen, has provided support as a community resource around the world for those affected by someone else’s drinking.

  • Today, there are about 24,000 Al-Anon and Alateen group meetings in more than 115 countries
  • Our meetings are anonymous and confidential
  • There are no dues or fees for membership
  • There are over 200 meetings in Ireland

Al-Anon Family Groups:

  • Al-Anon is a separate fellowship from Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)
  • Al-Anon is based on the Twelve Steps and the Twelve Traditions (adapted from AA).


  • Alateen is part of the Al-Anon fellowship, and is for the younger relatives and friends of alcoholics through their teen years
  • Members conduct their own meetings with the guidance of members of Al-Anon as Sponsors
  • Alateen follows the same Twelve Steps as Al-Anon, as well as all of its principles.

People are referred to Al-Anon / Alateen group meetings:

  • To learn the facts about alcoholism as an illness, and how it has impacted their lives physically, spiritually and emotionally
  • To benefit from contact with others who have, or have had similar problems
  • To improve their own attitudes and behaviors through the study and practice of the Twelve Steps and the Twelve Traditions.
  • To find understanding and support that complements and reinforces professional treatment.

Al-Anon and Alateen members are helped when they:

  • Attend meetings on a regular basis
  • Make telephone contact with other members
  • Read Al-Anon / Alateen literature
  • Have a personal Sponsor
  • Apply the Twelve Steps of recovery to their lives
  • Become involved in Al-Anon service work.

Al-Anon/Alateen groups do not:

  • Give advice
  • Indulge in gossip or criticism
  • Discuss members’ religious beliefs, or lack of them
  • Endorse or oppose any cause, therapy, or treatment.


What are open meetings ?

Some groups hold Open Meetings so that professionals can have an opportunity to experience an Al-Anon Family Group meeting. Open meetings are often attended by both members of Al-Anon and Alcoholics Anonymous. They also provide an opportunity for health workers and other professionals to attend and hear how families have experienced recovery from the effects of alcoholism in their lives.

For more information the Service Centre be contacted via phone (01) 8783624 or to find out where there might be an open meeting.