Al-Anon Launches New PSA Campaign for Television

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Television viewers in the U.S., Canada, Puerto Rico, and Bermuda are beginning to see Al-Anon’s new Public Service Announcements (PSA), for friends and families affected by someone else’s alcoholism.

Strength and hope for friends and families of problem drinkers

Al-Anon Family Groups

You don’t have to live with a raging alcoholic to benefit from an Al-Anon meeting.

Al-Anon’s new Public Service Announcement (PSA) campaign, launched in the first week of January, focuses on the inner conflict and confusion suffered by people who are concerned that a friend or family member might be drinking too much.

One spot features a father who is surprised when the police apprehend his teenage son at a party where minors were drinking beer. This father doesn’t know whether his son has a serious drinking problem, or was just at the wrong place, at the wrong time. He goes to a local Al-Anon Family Group meeting, where he gains information and perspective on this troubling situation.

A second spot features a woman at mid-life, thinking about her failed marriage to a problem drinker and hoping for a more fulfilling future. She wonders whether her father’s alcohol abuse somehow led her to be attracted to men who drink heavily. She goes to a local Al-Anon Family Group meeting, where she learns more about the effects of living with active alcoholism.

“The PSAs in Al-Anon’s 2014 campaign are introspective and low-key. They reflect the reality that Al-Anon Family Group meetings are an opportunity for self-discovery, where people learn about themselves by listening to others who have had similar experiences,” said Pamela Walters, Information Analyst at Al-Anon’s World Service Office.

“You don’t have to live with a raging alcoholic to benefit from an Al-Anon meeting. No dues or fees are required. No appointments are necessary. Everyone is always welcome to drop in, even if they are not sure that the person they are concerned about is actually an alcoholic,” she said.

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 2014." Find a local meeting by calling toll-free: 1-888-4AL-ANON.

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