Al-Anon Provides Support to Parents This Summer, When Their Kids May be Drinking

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Now that summer is here and school is out, parents must deal with the reality that their kids may be drinking. Al-Anon Family Groups can help parents to get back to peace of mind.

Strength and hope for friends and families of problem drinkers

Al-Anon Family Groups

Al-Anon doesn’t take all of the worries away, but it gave me the tools to deal with reality, so that my worrying didn’t cause more problems.

During the summer months when kids are on vacation from school, and have more free time than usual, parents may worry that their kids are drinking. An anonymous Al-Anon father describes the trouble he had falling asleep at night with worries of his children's activities. “I would be concerned when I was going to bed at 11:00, the night before a workday, and I could hear my daughter and her friends just getting ready for a night out. Maybe nothing would happen, but maybe something would… Without the support of Al-Anon, it was hard to be able to let go enough to get some sleep.”

According to data from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), underage drinking is widespread, with half of teens having had at least one drink by age 15.

“We give our kids basic safety instructions, but when they’re on their own, we still have fear that alcohol use may threaten their security and wellbeing. That’s what Al-Anon helps with – dealing with the fear,” said anonymous Al-Anon Father.

He goes on to say, “The summer months also brought on particular worries about my son and the possible outcomes of mixing him with alcohol and boating, during the daytime hours. Al-Anon doesn’t take all of the worries away, but it gave me the tools to deal with reality, so that my worrying didn’t cause more problems.”

Al-Anon Family Groups are for families and friends who have been affected by the problem drinking of someone close to them. Nearly 16,000 local groups meet every week throughout the U.S., Canada, Bermuda, and Puerto Rico. 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 alcoholics 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.

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