Focus on the Family

If You Love an Alcoholic

How can you help the person you love who is struggling with alcoholism?

by Lisa Brock

Do you know an alcoholic? Studies show that nearly everyone in the United States has a friend or family member who struggles with alcohol addiction. About 10 percent of Americans are alcoholics and each of those 20 million people directly affects the lives of at least six others. So how can you help the person you love who is struggling with alcoholism?

Then based on what you’re learning in your support group or counseling: