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The "untold stories" of alcoholism in Surrey and Hampshire

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The "untold stories" of alcoholism in Surrey and Hampshire

Published by Josh Kerr at 6:01am 22nd November 2018. (Updated at 6:20am 22nd November 2018)

For every problem drinker in Surrey and Hampshire there are family and friends  also suffering from the effects of alcoholism.

During Alcohol Awareness Week, support group Al-Anon has launched a campaign 'The Untold Story', to highlight how loved ones are impacted by the disease, often living with uncertainty, deceit, and in some cases violence or emotional and physical abuse. 

It says alcoholism is a family disease. Everyone is affected differently, but anger, anxiety or guilt as a result of a loved one's drinking problem can all be part of the illness.

It is estimated that at least five friends or family are affected by the behaviour of an alcoholic, but many often do not recognise they require help or are in denial about it.

Al-Anon, similar to Alcoholics Anonymous, offers support for those affected by an alcoholic.

The group meets in a confidential space based around anonymity, where only first names are used.

Jill, a member of a local Al-Anon group who was happy to share her story with Eagle, explains how her husband's alcoholism impacted on her:

"I was so hyper-vigilant and so obsessed with trying to get this man to stop drinking and the more I did the worse it got.

"You don't think it's affecting you, but the anxiety and the anger and the things that go along with it start to make members of that family as sick as well.

"It is an impossible thing to do on your own [coping with an alcoholic in your life]. Many people don't seek the help they need."

If you or someone you know are being affected by an alcoholic in your life, support can be found here.

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