Millions of people are affected by the excessive drinking of someone close.  Al-Anon is for families, relatives, and friends whose lives have been affected by someone else's drinking.

“Regrets and resentments may not faze the alcoholic, but bitter feelings can affect adult children of alcoholics for a long time,” said Pamela Walters, Al-Anon information analyst. “That’s one reason why many professionals call alcoholism a family disease.”

The organization has a list of questions to ask to see if Al-Anon is for you. The list includes:

• Do you worry about how much someone else drinks?

• Do you have money problems because of someone else's drinking?

• Do you feel that if the drinker cared about you, he or she would stop drinking to please you?

• Do you tell lies to cover up for someone else's drinking?

• Are you afraid to upset someone for fear it will set off a drinking bout?

• Do you feel like a failure because you can't control the drinking?

Local, open upcoming meetings:

Bridgeport

Sunday, 6:30 p.m., St. Ann’s Church School, 481 Brewster Street.

Wednesday, 7:30 p.m., St Anns Church Rectory Building 481 Brewster Street.

Friday, 8 p.m., Bridgeport Community Mental Health Center, Meditation Meeting Room 210A, 1635 Central Avenue.

Fairfield

Tuesday, 7:30 p.m., or women’s meeting 9 a.m., First Congregation Church, 148 Beach Road.

Tuesday, 7:30 p.m., St Pauls Episcopal Church, 661 Old Post Road.

Thursday, 7:30 a.m. or Friday, 12:15 p.m., St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 661 Old Post Road.

Milford

Sunday, 6 p.m., Woodmont United Church of Christ, 1000 New Haven Avenue.

Monday, 7:30 p.m., United Church Of Christ, 18 West Main Street, parents meeting, Plymouth Building.

Tuesday, 6 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, 21 Robert Treat Parkway, second driveway, door on right.

Shelton

Tuesday, 7:30 p.m., St Pauls Episcopal Church, 25 Church Street.

Wednesday, 12 p.m., Spooner House, 30 Todd Road, ring doorbell; park on street.

Trumbull

Thursday, 11:30 a.m., Grace Episcopal Church, 5958 Main Street.

For more information, call 1-888-825-2666 or visit ctalanon.org.