Virginia Beach, VA (PRWEB) September 03, 2014
Dr. George Koob, Director of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), affirmed that alcoholism has “a major impact on the world around the alcohol misuser,” in an exclusive interview with Pamela Walters, Marketing Information Analyst for Al-Anon Family Group Headquarters, Inc.
“The impact is devastating,” said Dr. Koob when asked about the effects of a loved one’s drinking on friends and family members. “Denial is a huge part of alcoholism. So, the loss of trust and the sneaking around of the individual to obtain alcohol, and lying about use, those all begin to add up and contribute to stress, alienation, and guilt.”
Dr. Koob went on to describe the serious circumstances faced by those living with alcoholism in a loved one - “We know that the friends and family members of [someone suffering from] alcohol use disorder are at increased risk for experiencing intimate partner violence and interpersonal conflicts. Economic, legal, and obviously, down the line, health problems,” are among other impacts faced by those dealing with alcoholism in a family member or friend, he said.
Walters, of Al-Anon Family Groups, said, “Dr. Koob’s statements shed light on the extreme stress faced by millions who are affected by someone else’s problem drinking. These messages support Al-Anon’s continuing efforts to reach people who haven’t yet sought help in coping with this trauma in their lives.”
Dr. Koob suggested anyone dealing with alcoholism in a loved one should get help for themselves. “That then can lead to a strengthening of yourself, but also of your ability to get help for intervention,” said Dr. Koob. He continued, “I’ve had many of my colleagues over the years who joined Al-Anon because their parents had alcohol problems, and they found it very, very helpful for protecting them against their own vulnerabilities.”
Scheduled for release on September 9th, find all of Dr. Koob’s comments in “NIAAA Director talks about the impacts of alcoholism on family members and friends,” as part of the “First Steps to Al-Anon Recovery” podcast series at al-anon.alateen.org.
The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism is one of the 27 institutes and centers that comprise the National Institutes of Health (NIH). NIAAA supports and conducts research on the impact of alcohol use on human health and well-being. It is the leading funder of alcohol research in the world.
Al-Anon Family Groups are for families and friends who have been affected by a loved one’s drinking. Nearly 16,000 local groups meet throughout the U.S., Canada, Bermuda, and Puerto Rico every week. 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 problem drinkers 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 http://www.al-anon.alateen.org and read a copy of Al-Anon's annual public outreach magazine “Al-Anon Faces Alcoholism 2015.” Find a local meeting by calling toll-free: 1-888-4AL-ANON.