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When you think of an alcoholic, you think of someone unable to hold down a job, finish their education or maintain a relationship because their drinking gets in the way. You may think of someone whose drinking causes frequent legal problems, or someone who experiences physical withdrawals if they try to stop drinking for even a day.

Even today, alcoholism remains a widely misunderstood disease. The proliferation of common myths about the causes, nature and treatment of alcoholism only makes it harder for people suffering from addiction to alcohol to get the help they need. If you or someone you love is struggling with alcoholism, you need to know the truth behind these common alcoholism myths.

Alcoholism doesn’t just affect the person suffering from the addiction. It affects everyone close to that person. By helping your alcoholic family member overcome their alcoholism, you can help your whole family heal from the wounds of addiction.
But how can you help your alcoholic relative? Your loved one is probably in denial about their drinking problem and might even get defensive or combative when the subject comes up. Here are some tips to help you confront your alcoholic relative and support their recovery from alcoholism.

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