People Minimize How Seriously a Drinker’s Behavior has Affected Them

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Al-Anon Family Groups' newly released public outreach magazine, “Al-Anon Faces Alcoholism 2015,” offers ways to evaluate whether Al-Anon can help people cope with the drinking behavior of a family member or a close friend.

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"Al-Anon Faces Alcoholism 2015"

It can be a real challenge for family members to think about problem drinking as a disease called alcoholism.

Problem drinkers often say that their drinking is not as serious as people think. Even people who are in close relationships with problem drinkers tend to minimize how seriously the drinker’s behavior has affected them. “Al-Anon Faces Alcoholism 2015” magazine, complimentary from Al-Anon Family Groups, offers ways to evaluate whether Al-Anon can help people cope with the drinking behavior of a family member or a close friend.

Pamela Walters, Information Analyst for Al-Anon, said: “Often, people think if the drinker cared about you, he or she would stop drinking to please you. Unfortunately, it is easy to avoid dealing with the issue of problem drinking until something tragic happens. It can be a real challenge for family members to think about problem drinking as a disease called alcoholism.”

In “Gallup Well-Being,” according to Jeffrey Jones, “More than one in three Americans (36%) say drinking alcohol has been a cause of problems in their family at some point, one of the highest figures Gallup has measured since the 1940s.”

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, visit al-anon.org, or to find a local meeting, call toll-free: 1-888-4AL-ANON.

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