Al-Anon Family Groups Offer Support to Men Who Are Concerned About a Woman’s Drinking

As alcoholism is on the rise among college-educated women, men are finding help and support in Al Anon.

Virginia Beach, VA (PRWEB) November 20, 2013

Current research shows a strong increase in alcoholism among women. Increased drinking among women creates family problems and stress for husbands, children, and other family members, according to Pamela Walters, Information Analyst for Al-Anon Family Group Headquarters, Inc.

Research by Katherine Keyes of Columbia University and Katherine Brown of Britain’s Institute of Alcohol Studies shows that college-educated women in high status jobs are at the highest risk of alcohol disorders, Walters said.

“Men are finding Al-Anon to be a source of support that helps them cope with emotional issues in a confidential, non-judgmental environment,” Walters said. “Often times they are confused by behavior they did not expect and do not understand. Men may not be emotionally prepared to accept that their highly functioning loved ones could also have a problem with alcohol. Even if men don’t think they need support or help, they might be surprised at how much they could learn at an Al-Anon Family Group meeting.”

Al-Anon Family Groups are for families and friends who have been affected by the problem drinking of someone close to them. Nearly 16,000 local groups meet every week throughout the U.S., Canada, Bermuda, and Puerto Rico. Al-Anon Family Groups meet in more than 130 countries, and Al-Anon literature is available in more than 40 languages. Al-Anon Family Groups have been offering strength and support to families and friends of alcoholics since 1951. Al-Anon Family Group Headquarters, Inc. acts as the clearinghouse worldwide for inquiries from those who need help or want information about Al-Anon Family Groups and Alateen, its program for teenage members.

For more information about Al-Anon Family Groups, go to, or read a copy of "Al-Anon Faces Alcoholism 2014." Find a local meeting by calling toll-free: 1-888-4AL-ANON.