Current alcoholism research and how it involves family members affected by someone’s alcoholism

Welcome to “First Steps to Al-Anon Recovery” from Al-Anon Family Groups.  In this podcast, you will hear an interview with Dr. Kenneth Warren, Acting Director of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), as he discusses current alcoholism research and how it involves family members affected by someone’s alcoholism.

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2017-07-28T09:19:37+00:00June 11, 2013|Categories: Professionals|


  1. Victoria August 2016 at 11:21 pm

    I still after over forty years try to make sense of the crazy things he says. I know it is called a disease but I am sick of it. Yes I blame him. Day is going fine then he blows it out of the water. Stupid. I should have left years ago. Before my children and now grandchildren were exposed. And I’m supposed to feel sorry for him?!

  2. Geeta December 2015 at 11:05 am

    For the past 36 years I’m living with an alcoholic. I’m so tired of this life. My husband is getting older, but the drinking never seems to cease. I need help because I’m losing my mind.

  3. dawn December 2015 at 2:20 am

    I have completely lost the love of my life to alcohol — 17 years we were together. Now that I am changing, it’s almost like he is protecting me by getting me out of his life.

    Sometimes he still will tell me he loves me, then pushes me farther away than I was before that. I need help. I have no self-esteem. I feel like I’m fading into a depression hole I can’t climb out of.

    I don’t know why it hurts so bad to do the right thing. I don’t know what to do anymore.

  4. Alice August 2013 at 9:25 am

    Thank you. Very informative, I am going to pass this PODCAST on to my groups

  5. Wendy August 2013 at 8:41 am

    Happy to be the CMA and receive such great information to share with my group. I needed to hear that NIAAA does not believe that alcoholism is a “family disease” per se, but that I am one of the 3-4 people “affected” by the alcoholic with the “disease of alcoholism”. I will continue my journey learning about the disease and taking care of myself first! I hope for treatment and awareness for those who still suffer.

  6. Steve M August 2013 at 2:06 am

    This short PODCAST was very informative and enlightening. More of this kind of information is important to our AL-ANON community as a whole and further PODCASTs with outreach of this kind of information and discussion would be very beneficial to all members from newcomers to old-timers.

    Thank you!

  7. Brenda August 2013 at 5:09 pm

    The Al-Anon podcast on “First Steps to Al-Anon Recovery” was great as in less than ten minutes time, important issues were discussed. The areas of life that are affected by alcohol were important to mention, and also the different terms people use such as alcohol abuse, alcohol dependence, or an alcoholic was important to identify as well.

    I thought it was interesting they discussed how many people have one of those titles mentioned above; it seems nearly impossible to accurately say how many people have the disease as not everyone seeks help. Most of all, I believe it is important to let people know when dealing with alcohol you are dealing with a disease; and believing that is the first step for everyone involved to recover.

  8. Betsy August 2013 at 3:04 pm

    I had no idea this site existed. It was easy to click on the link in the newsletter. Thanks. I will come back to it and sample some of the podcasts listed here.

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