The Al-Anon Family Groups consist of relatives and friends of alcoholics who, by banding together, can better solve their common problems. Both before and after the alcoholic joins A.A., or if they do not seek such help, there is a great deal that the families can do to help themselves and the alcoholic. The purposes of Al-Anon and Alateen are threefold: to welcome and give comfort to the families of alcoholics; and to give understanding and encouragement to the alcoholic and to grow spiritually through living by the 12 Steps of Al-Anon and Alateen. Attendance is limited to relatives and friends, those affected by close contact with the alcoholic. The general public and professionals working with the alcoholic may inquire about open meetings by contacting the Information Services.