14 November, AFG to be featured in Dear Abby

posted Nov 7, 2015, 5:31 AM by AO Al-Anon   [ updated Dec 4, 2015, 1:00 PM ]

The World Service Office has received a publication notice from the staff of the syndicated newspaper columnist, “Dear Abby.” The column for Saturday, November 14, 2015, will respond to a request for help from a teenager who is troubled by her father’s drinking.

For various reasons, it is possible that individual newspapers might not carry the young lady’s letter or Dear Abby’s recommendation to contact Alateen and Al‑Anon. The entire “Dear Abby” column, however, will appear on the Internet November 14 at http://www.uexpress.com/dearabby/.

In communities where editors choose to publish Al‑Anon contact information as part of the “Dear Abby” column, it would be appropriate and helpful for members to send thank-you notes to the newspapers. Such expressions of gratitude might help editors choose to run more Al‑Anon and Alateen items in the future. It is possible that thank-you notes sent to newspapers or “Dear Abby” might appear in print, so please ask to remain anonymous if you identify yourself as an Al-Anon member.

Since readers of national media items could very well contact the WSO for local meeting information, it is always important for groups to provide WSO with up-to-date contact information for their meetings.

Thank you for everything you are doing to help reach more families and friends of alcoholics.