Impact on the Family
When someone has an alcohol problem it can impact on the whole family. Family members can be impacted financially, emotionally, physically and might struggle to cope with life. There can be tension, anxiety and uncertainty. Family members often say that living with someone who uses alcohol is like living with Jekyll and Hyde, you never know who will appear.
The family unit can be a place of joy but also of extreme pain. There is a common myth in families that if something is not talked about then it doesn’t exist. It is however important for family members to speak-up and access support. Traditionally services have focused on the person with the problem and yet family members also require services. There is support available to non-drinking adults.