Al-Anon & Alateen Anonymity

Help for family and friends of alcoholics

Al-Anon and Alateen’s Eleventh Tradition: Our public relations policy is based on attraction rather than promotion; we need always maintain personal anonymity at the level of press, radio, films, and TV. We need guard with special care the anonymity of all AA members.

Al-Anon and Alateen’s Twelfth Tradition: Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of all our Traditions, ever reminding us to place principles above personalities.


At the personal level, the traditions of anonymity provide an environment of trust, confidence and equality to all Al-Anon and Alateen members.

There may be some who are not familiar with our Tradition of personal anonymity in any form of press, radio, films, TV, Internet, and other electronic media. If so, we respectfully ask that no Al-Anon, Alateen or A.A. speaker or member be identified by full name or picture in published, broadcast, or Web-posted reports of our meeting. The assurance of anonymity is essential to our efforts to help other families and friends of alcoholics, and our Tradition of Anonymity reminds us that Al-Anon and Alateen principles come before personalities.

Reprinted with Permission of Al-Anon Family Group Headquarters, Inc, Virginia Beach, VA

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