Nearly Half of Al-Anon Members are Referred to Al-Anon by a Professional

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Newly released results of Al-Anon’s 2012 Membership Survey reveal the impact of professionals in referring those affected by a friend or family member’s alcoholism to Al-Anon Family Groups.

Strength and hope for friends and families of problem drinkers

Al-Anon Family Groups

Professional referrals represent an invaluable source of credible information for those who may be suffering from the debilitating disease of a loved one’s alcoholism.

Al-Anon’s survey reveals that 46% of respondents have received a recommendation to attend Al-Anon meetings by a counselor, doctor, social worker, or other professional, at some point. This figure is up from 44% in 2009. Together, these results highlight the significance of the professional’s role in helping potential members to find Al-Anon. 99% of respondents report their lives have been positively impacted from membership in Al-Anon Family Groups.

What’s more, the 2012 survey results uncover that 70% of those who received a professional recommendation to attend Al-Anon meetings, did end up attending because of that recommendation.

“We now understand the full magnitude of the professional’s influence in helping members to find Al-Anon. Professional referrals represent an invaluable source of credible information for those who may be suffering from the debilitating disease of a loved one’s alcoholism,” said Pamela Walters, Information Analyst at the Al-Anon Family Groups World Service Office (WSO). “We continue to work with professionals from many different fields to provide information about the Al-Anon program, which can be an affordable and effective supplement to their work.”

From September to October of 2012, the Al-Anon Family Groups WSO conducted the Membership Survey of its members located in the U.S., Canada, Bermuda, and Puerto Rico. More than 3,200 Al-Anon members participated.

The survey has been conducted every three years since 1984. It provides data on the demographic characteristics of Al-Anon’s membership, and the health benefits members may come to realize in learning to cope with the negative effects of someone else’s problem drinking.

For the full results from Al-Anon’s 2012 Membership Survey, refer to the “For Professionals” section on Al-Anon’s Web site,

Al-Anon Family Groups are for families and friends who have been affected by a loved one’s drinking. Nearly 16,000 local groups meet throughout the U.S., Canada, Bermuda, and Puerto Rico every week. Al-Anon Family Groups meet in more than 130 countries, and Al-Anon literature is available in more than 40 languages. Al-Anon Family Groups have been offering strength and support to families and friends of problem drinkers since 1951. Al-Anon Family Group Headquarters, Inc. acts as the clearinghouse worldwide for inquiries from those who need help or want information about Al-Anon Family Groups and Alateen, its program for teenage members.

For more information about Al-Anon Family Groups, go to, or read a copy of Al-Anon Faces Alcoholism 2013. Find a local meeting by calling toll-free: 1-888-4AL-ANON, Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. ET.

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