GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Al-non is a self-help group designed to support those affected by someone’s use of alcohol.


English language Al-Anon sessions are available in Nurnberg-Furth, Sundays at 6:30 p.m., at 138 Schivabacher.


Al-Anon is an anonymous fellowship. Members do not give their last name, and members will not approach one another in public in a way that compromises a person’s anonymity. Attendance at Al-Anon is free.


Alateen is a similar fellowship, directed toward young people who have a parent with a drinking problem.


The holidays can be a difficult time of year for those who have a loved one with a drinking problem.


Alcohol use can increase for a variety of reasons, drawing a problem drinker into situations that encourage heavy drinking.


Those living with someone’s problem drinking can experience a wide variety of emotions, such as guilt, anger, fear, shame and a desire to control their loved-one’s use of alcohol.


It does not matter whether the person with alcoholism is a spouse, parent, child or friend — when someone attends an Al-Anon meeting, he or she will meet others with similar experiences.


As members discuss their situation, they learn they are not alone. As they begin to realize they cannot control the behavior of the alcoholic, members will begin to concentrate more on their own needs.


Since many people who abuse alcohol also abuse drugs, the principles of Al-Anon can be applied by family members who are concerned about a loved one’s drug usage.


The English speaking Al-Anon meeting on Sunday nights in Nurnberg-Furth is open to Americans and English speaking members. While the members are mostly Germany, they will accommodate an English speaking person if one is in attendance.


For those who are unable to drive to Nurnberg-Furth, Al-Anon Family Groups offer many online Al-Anon meetings through email, as well as a Skype meeting on Sundays. There are also phone meetings stateside.


Alcoholics Anonymous is a related group bringing together alcoholics striving to deal with their disease. For information about Alcoholics Anonymous meetings at Grafenwoehr, Vilseck, Hohenfels and Garmisch, visit the A to Z index at the garrison’s website:


For more information about Al-Anon and Alateen, as well as information about Skype, email and phone meetings, contact Al-Anon Family Groups at  You may also reach Al-Anon in the U.S. at 001-757-563-1600 Monday through Friday from eight a.m. to six p.m., Eastern Time.