"Alcoholism is a family disease. Living with the effects of someone else's drinking is too devastating for most people to bear without help. In Al-Anon and Alateen we learn individuals are not responsible for another person's disease or recovery from it."
From the Al-Anon pamphlet "Detachment" reprinted with permission of Al-Anon Family Group Headquarters, Inc., Virginia Beach, VA Copyright Al-Anon Family Group Headquarters, Inc. ©1985

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For over 50 years, Al-Anon (which includes Alateen for younger members) has been offering hope and help to families and friends of alcoholics. It is estimated that each alcoholic affects the lives of at least four other people... alcoholism is truly a family disease. No matter what relationship you have with an alcoholic, whether they are still drinking or not, all who have been affected by someone else’s drinking can find solutions that lead to serenity in the Al-Anon/Alateen fellowship .