NIAAA Acting Director Talks About Alcoholism with Al-Anon Family Groups

In the newest podcast from Al-Anon, the Acting Director of the NIAAA talks about the impact of a person’s alcoholism on others, and the misperceptions surrounding alcoholism despite current research.

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Scientifically, we are fine-tuning how we measure alcohol’s impact, but, the evidence for alcohol’s position of affecting a fairly broad and large number of individuals, at least three to four other people, is very compelling.

Virginia Beach, VA (PRWEB) June 13, 2013

In a new Al-Anon Family Groups podcast with the Acting Director of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), Dr. Kenneth Warren talks about current alcoholism research and how it involves family members affected by someone’s alcoholism. “Scientifically, we are fine-tuning how we measure alcohol’s impact, but, the evidence for alcohol’s position of affecting a fairly broad and large number of individuals, at least three to four other people, is very compelling,” said Dr. Warren.

In research supported by the NIAAA, the consequences of harmful drinking on those closest to the drinker have been studied. Dr. Warren said, “The consequences include high levels of psychological stress from interacting with the alcoholic person, disruption of family life due to job losses and neglect of responsibilities, financial problems, and unpredictable and sometimes violent behavior.”

Dr. Warren continued, “Spouses and children of heavy drinkers may face serious problems as a result of the family member’s alcoholism. These include exposure to psychological or even physical abuse, as well as financial problems caused by the drinking that can strain family relationships.”

The NIAAA seeks to change the damaging misperceptions associated with alcohol problems, which prevent both the drinker and those most close to them from seeking treatment. Although alcoholism is classified as a disease by the American Medical Association and the American Psychiatric Association, Warren explained, “Only one in four persons with an alcohol use disorder receives treatment.”

Find all of Dr. Warren’s comments in “Current alcoholism research and how it involves family members affected by someone’s alcoholism,” 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 largest funder of alcohol research in the world.

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 al-anon.alateen.org, or read a copy of "Al-Anon Faces Alcoholism 2013." Find a local meeting by calling toll-free: 1-888-4AL-ANON.