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Their absence from family get-togethers, the late nights out, the missed work - despite everything .... it's just as hard to admit to yourself (as it is for the them) that a loved one may be an alcoholic.

This is just part of the classic "enabling behavior" in which many families of alcoholics may find themselves trapped - sometimes described as a roller-coaster ride of conflicting emotions.

If you've ever lived through the experience, you know it's difficult at best dealing with the tangled feelings inherent in dealing with an alcoholic loved one, including the endless rounds of guilt and finger-pointing, or of hopelessness, anger and betrayal, and embarrassment mixed with love.

Today, scientists still do not know what exactly causes alcoholism.

Research has suggested that alcoholism may be passed down from generation to generation. As a result, children of alcoholics may be predisposed to an "alcoholism gene" that may effect their ability to handle alcohol responsibly.

On the Web, discover the latest research and studies, find out how others are coping, and connect with families of alcoholics in chats, forums and message boards. You can also link up with associations and organizations which are there to assist, and get expert tips offering help to family members affected by alcoholism ...

More about families & children of alcoholics around the Web:

Is There an Alcoholic in Your Life? - The premiere source of information from AA, with an introduction to alcoholism for family and loved ones including expert information on understanding the disease, when and how to seek help for the alcoholic. Also available in downloadable PDF format.

Coping with an Alcoholic Parent - Focusing on the needs of teens featuring facts and information on understanding why parents drink, dealing with guilt issues, recognizing the problem, what children can do to help including support contact info, related links and resources.

Al-Anon & Alateen - Two offshoots of Alcoholics Anonymous geared specifically to those who live with alcoholism described as a "family disease" that affects those closest to the alcoholic, with information for newcomers, facts on how to cope, and details on where to attend support meetings in the U.S., Canada and internationally.

NACOA - Major UK organization for families and children of alcoholics with advice and information, facts and statistics on the coping with the disease, helpline info, how to volunteer, related links.

Adult Children of Alcoholics World Service Organization - Information about the 12 Step recovery program for families offering an online forum, program history and a searchable database of scheduled meetings in the U.S., UK, Canada, Australia and worldwide.

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