For teens and pre-teens

Alateen is part of Al-Anon Family Groups. It’s a fellowship of young people (mostly teenagers) whose lives have been affected by someone else’s drinking. It doesn’t matter whether that someone else is drinking or not, in your life now or not.

Alateen is generally for ages 12 to 18. However, some Alateen groups allow those younger than 12 to attend, or are specifically for younger children. You can find answers to frequently asked questions about Alateen here.

Alateen meetings

Due to the current public health crisis all Alateen meetings in our district are suspended indefinitely.
Please check back for updates.

In the meantime, teens ages 13 to 18 can participate in Alateen Electronic Meetings via the Al-Anon Family Groups Mobile App.

They may also be able to attend Alateen meetings via Zoom through this link from Al-Anon District 15 (Oakland-Hayward).

Alateen is for young people!

Only people 18 and younger may attend Alateen meetings. The exceptions are certified AMIAS–Al-Anon Members in Alateen Service–who are specially trained and vetted to facilitate Alateen meetings.

If you’re an Al-Anon member interested in Alateen service, please contact for more information.

Is Alateen for you?

Alateen offers hope and help for younger family members and friends of alcoholics. To learn more, and to take a simple quiz to help you decide if Alateen might be for you, click  here .

What happens in Alateen?

Alateens come together to:

  • share experiences, strength, and hope with each other
  • discuss difficulties
  • learn effective ways to cope with problems
  • encourage one another
  • help each other understand the principles of the Al-Anon program
  • learn how to use the Twelve Steps and Alateen’s Twelve Traditions


How can I help my children?

Help is available for your family in Al-Anon Family Groups. That includes help for children. Alcoholism can seriously affect everyone in the family, not just the drinker. But there are things parents can do to help. That includes helping children get support in Alateen.

For more information about how Alateen may help your child and your family, read the stories here.

Another way to help your children is to get help and support in Al-Anon for yourself. The tools and insights that people gain from attending Al-Anon meetings often improve the outlook of  both the Al-Anon member and everyone else in the family. 




What if I’m 18 or older? 

Our district has several meetings that focus on adults with alcoholic parents, and you’re welcome to join us there. Look for “Adult Children of Alcoholics” in the listings. You will also be welcome at any Al-Anon meeting.