Most alcoholics confront their demons everyday. In a world that is inundated with rhetoric promoting liquor, booze, or whatever the buzzword of the hour is, it’s no secret: it is incredibly difficult to part ways with alcohol. But studies indicate that there’s another portion of our lives that could be even more affected by alcoholism: the family. While the alcoholic constantly has to ward off the demands of a world that’s hard pressed to get him to take another sip, his family has to work double duty– in both coping with his personality hills and plateaus, and in refraining from participating in what might otherwise be considered normal activity. Unlike most other drugs, alcohol is completely legal. Millions of people recreationally consume wine, beer, and even hard liquor several times a week– and it’s an activity that, with the right parameters, can encourage very healthy progress in human interaction. But the family and friends of an alcoholic can’t enjoy that privilege. For them, your battle with the bottle forces them to clear the house of any liquor. It forces them to turn down wine or beer at an event out of fear that it might entice you. It forces them to say no to a party invite because they think it could be unfair to you. It traps them in a mental prison. And that’s just the moral obligations they take for you. Physically, your alcoholism may make them fearful. While everyone isn’t an abusive drunk, they may fear for your own safety when you’re home alone. You may be verbally abrasive or embarrassing to take out when you’re inebriated. And since, with alcoholism, that could effectively be always, they may have to refrain from going out altogether. Alcoholism affects millions of people, and is known to be one of the leading causes of death in America. Just last year, over 80,000 Americans died from alcohol-related incidents alone. But help is out there. Addiction recovery centers have taken a keen interest in the alcoholic community in recent years, and have even gone as far as to sponsor support groups (like Alcoholics Anonymous) designed specifically to cater to the alcoholic that’s fed up with his problem. Your family might not tell you the things that were just mentioned– but you’d better believe that if you’re an alcoholic, they’ve been in one of those situations. If you won’t curb your habit for yourself, do it for them. Help is just a phone call away!