half of Al-Anon members are referred to Al‑Anon by a professional
2012 membership survey results revealed that 46 percent of
respondents received a recommendation to attend Al-Anon meetings by a
counselor, social worker, or other professional, at some point. The
results show an upward trend when compared with 44 percent from Al-Anon’s
last membership survey conducted in 2009.
Together, these results highlight the significance of
the professional’s role in helping the friends and family members of
alcoholics to find support in Al-Anon. Ninety-nine percent 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
percent of those who received a professional recommendation to attend
Al-Anon meetings, did end up attending because of that
“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.
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.”
Pamela Walters, Information Analyst
Al‑Anon Family Groups, World Service Office (WSO)
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
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.