Group and Member Resources

Manuals and Guidelines


Al-Anon/Alateen Service Manual

Every Al-Anon member is encouraged to actively use and study the Al-Anon/Alateen Service Manual. It gives a clear and concise picture of the Al-Anon fellowship, it's purpose and functions and how it helps us to resolve group problems and maintain unity. Members seeking answers to specific questions of special situations may well find guidance within these pages.

The 2018-2021 version of this Al-Anon/Alateen Service Manual is available online on the World Service Office website:

The online version of the Manual is updated between printings as changes are made to reflect new information and changing points of view.

The hard copy of the Manual can be purchased at your local Area Office.

For this latest edition of the Service Manual, the section "Al-Anon and Alateen Groups at Work" is also being printed as a separate booklet (P-24) as a tool for groups in the hopes of making this important group information available to more members worldwide.


The “2018-2021 Al-Anon/Alateen Service Manual” Version Two (2) has arrived!

Members may view, bookmark, save notes, or download a PDF version. It has a variety of interactive features:



The South African service manual, the National Al-Anon Service Structure (NASS) is currently being updated and will be available here once complete.

Alateen Service e-Manual

This e-Manual is an invaluable tool to provide tips and topics for Al-Anon Members Involved in Alateen Service (AMIAS) and is available at this link:


Useful Al-Anon guidelines for groups such as Beginners' Meeting (G-2), Taking a Group Inventory (G-8a), Starting an Al-Anon Group (G-12) and Suggested Programmes for Meetings (G-13) are available from the World Service Office website:

Guidelines for the use of Conference Approved Literature (CAL)

New Resources

South African Service Tools

Several Service Tools compiled by the South African AFG Member Services Committee, and approved by Conference SA, can be accessed via the links below:

SA guidelines for Al-Anon electronic meetings
Suggested Newcomers Readings
Family Gatherings Service Tool #3
Guidelines for Living with an Alcoholic
Business Group Conscience Meetings
Crosstalk Loving Interchange
WhatsApp Guidelines

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