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Alcohol's forgotten victims

A project team, lead by Andrew McNeill of the Institute of Alcohol Studies in London, has completed a report Alcohol Problems in the Family which has been presented to the European Union by the organisations EUROCARE and COFACE. (COFACE is the Confederation of Family Organisations in the European Union and EUROCARE is an advocacy group for the prevention of alcohol related harm.)

The report emphasises that previous studies of alcohol abuse have concentrated on problem drinkers themselves and have tended to ignore the effects on their families. The authors describe the nature and scale of the problem, noting that families can sometimes be the cause of alcoholism. Treatment and prevention activities across the European Union are also reviewed. The report, which is highly readable, features examples of the experiences of individual families and of successful treatment and prevention projects. The full report can be accessed on the internet at www.eurocare.org


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