Millions of people are affected by the excessive drinking of someone close. Al-Anon is for families, relatives and friends whose lives have been affected by someone else’s drinking.
“Regrets and resentments may not faze the alcoholic, but bitter feelings can affect adult children of alcoholics for a long time,” said Pamela Walters, Al-Anon information analyst. “That’s one reason why many professionals call alcoholism a family disease.”
The organization has a list of questions to ask to see if Al-Anon is for you. The list includes:
• Do you worry about how much someone else drinks?
• Do you have money problems because of someone else’s drinking?
• Do you feel that if the drinker cared about you, he or she would stop drinking to please you?
• Do you tell lies to cover up for someone else’s drinking?
• Are you afraid to upset someone for fear it will set off a drinking bout?
• Do you feel like a failure because you can’t control the drinking?
Schedule of nearby meetings
Local, open upcoming Al-Anon meetings include:
Tuesday, 7:30 p.m., St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 25 Church St.
Wednesday, noon, Spooner House, 30 Todd Road, ring doorbell; park on street.
Sunday, 6:30 p.m., St. Ann’s Church School, 481 Brewster St.
Wednesday, 7:30 p.m., St Ann’s Church Rectory Building, 481 Brewster St.
Friday, 8 p.m., Bridgeport Community Mental Health Center, Meditation Meeting Room 210A, 1635 Central Ave.
Tuesday, 7:30 p.m., or women’s meeting 9 a.m., First Congregational Church, 148 Beach Road.
Tuesday, 7:30 p.m., St Paul’s Episcopal Church, 661 Old Post Road.
Thursday, 7:30 a.m. or Friday, 12:15 p.m., St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 661 Old Post Road.
Thursday, 11:30 a.m., Grace Episcopal Church, 5958 Main St.
For more information, call 888-825-2666 or visit www.ctalanon.org.