Support for hidden victims of alcohol

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A NEW branch of a world-renowned support group for victims of alcohol abuse has started in Levenmouth.

Al-Anon Family Groups, which offers understanding to those whose lives have been scarred by someone else’s drinking, has begun weekly meetings in Buckhaven.

The support forum hopes to help people by enabling them to share their experience, strength and hope in a bid to solve common problems of living with an alcoholic.

The first meeting took place last week and the sessions will be every Thursday evening at 7.30pm in Randoph Wemyss Memorial Hospital, in Wellesley Road, Buckhaven.

It is an anonymous and confidential service for men and women.

And message from the founder members is: “It doesn’t matter your personal creed or colour – we are all equal.”

There are six other groups in Fife and organisers reckoned there was a need for one in Levenmouth, with its high levels of alcohol misuse.

They were very grateful for the help of Randolph Wemyss bosses and NHS Fife, in offering advice and providing the premises.

Meetings last around 60-90 minutes, featuring some members who are still living with someone who is drinking.

Some are living with someone who has found sobriety.

Some have lost loved ones, while some had, or have, parents who were, or still are, alcoholic.

The Buckhaven group has an ‘open’ meeting on the first Thursday of each month for anyone – professionals such as doctors, nurses, health visitors, police, or other family members who don’t usually attend – interested in hearing how Al-Anon works.

The remainder of the month is for Al-Anon members, making it a “very safe environment for people to be in”.

Al-Anon Family Groups is fully self-supporting, with no dues for membership.

You can find out more at www.al-anonuk.org.uk or by ringing the confidential helpline on 0207 403 0888.