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Overlooked: Why we should be doing more to support families and friends affected by someone else's drinking, drug use or gambling

This report examines Adfam's latest research with YouGov on the prevalence of people currently negatively affected by the drinking, drug use or gambling of a family member or friend in 2021, and the different challenges and impacts these families currently face.

The report's findings highlight the need for more recognition of the impacts on families and friends and it includes recommendations on how to better support this overlooked group.

Read the full report here.

Eric Appleby, Chair, Alcohol and Families Alliance, said:

“The Alcohol and Families Alliance (AFA) and its members are only too aware of the impact that one person’s drinking can have on the family and friends around them. We are not just talking about one-off occasions, but whole lives blighted by the trauma of dealing with the chaotic effects – emotional, physical and financial - of a loved one’s drinking.”

“Much more recognition and support is needed for the people who bear the brunt of the problems, not just of others’ drinking but also gambling and drug use. We therefore welcome this report and its findings and urge government to act upon it at both national and local levels.”

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