THE Al-Anon Family Groups charity in north east Fife, which is run by volunteers, has drawn acclaim from its local MSP.
Roderick Campbell sponsored a recent exhibition in the Scottish Parliament by the self-help group.
It is one of over 800 throughout the UK, which provides support to people affected by somebody else’s drinking and offers ongoing, open-ended, non-judgemental advice and assistance to those who need it.
“I am delighted that the local Al-Anon Family Group has had the opportunity to have an exhibition in the Parliament, and to have been able to spread its message to every building user,” said Mr Campbell.
“The support this group can provide to people is invaluable.
“It can be easily forgotten that drinking doesn’t just affect the drinker, but their family and friends as well.
“To know there are people out there who can provide non-judgemental, long-lasting support is very welcome and I commend the effort of those involved in the group, and the bravery of those who seek its support.”
Mr Campbell added: “Scotland’s problem with alcohol is well documented but, unfortunately, there is no easy solution. Minimum pricing is due to come into effect in the near future and this is a welcome step forward, but clearly not enough to beat the problems caused by drink.”
The three-day exhibition, staffed by a number of local volunteers, provided information about Al-Anon Family Groups and their work.
The local branch holds regular meetings in Cupar and full details can be found via the Al-Anon website: www.al-anonuk.org.uk.
Details can also be provided by telephone, where the number is 020 7403 0888.