Research published on 26 February 2018 shows how the recovery journey of a dependent drinker can markedly improve the lives of their families, for as long as recovery is sustained.  

In England, there are an estimated 595,000 dependent drinkers and 222,000 children living in a household with a dependent drinker.  In 2016-7, only 108,696 dependent drinkers accessed treatment, but of those who did 61% completed successfully.

The ‘Family Life in Recovery project from the Department of Law and Criminology at Sheffield Hallam University and Adfam, funded by us, is the first piece of research of this scale to illustrate the far-reaching impacts of dependent drinking through the lens of family members.

The researchers found that in cases where a dependent drinker was in recovery, their family members reported improvements across multiple areas of their lives, including: in-family violence, debt, emotional and mental health problems, involvement with the criminal justice system, and in healthcare use.

Read our Research and Policy Director Dr James Nicholls' take on the research on the blog.

Read the full research on the Alcohol Research UK website

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