Are you a teenager? The teenage years can be rough enough. But if you’re living with the effects of someone else’s drinking, the problem is compounded and maybe Alateen can help you. Being close to someone with an alcohol addiction can effect you in ways that it’s hard to describe unless you’ve lived through it. And you can feel awfully alone in it if you’ve been the one to hide your loved one’s drinking or have had to fend for yourself in ways teenagers who don’t have to cope with alcoholics in their lives must. If you go to an Alateen meeting, you’ll be able to meet people who do know exactly what you’re going through. They’re also people who live daily with the effects of a loved one’s alcoholism and know how difficult it can be to cope. You’ll be able to connect with people who have learned how to cope with life with an alcoholic – whether or not that alcoholic has stopped drinking! Wouldn’t it feel great to be able to drop the rope and be free of any perceived responsibility for your loved one’s addiction? Well that’s what Alateen is for.