If you are struggling to support or cope with a problem drinker, then you may consider reaching out to Al-Anon Family Groups.

This charity supports people affected by someone else’s drinking by offering a year-round helpline and running more than 700 support groups nationwide, in addition to their website, pamphlets and brochures.

The nearest groups to Stansted are in Braintree, Chelmsford or Stevenage.

The organisation estimates for every problem drinker there are at least five other people affected by their addiction. The effects can range from financial problems to emotional upheaval. The charity says a recent report found 37% of domestic abuse cases were alcohol related.

Al-Anon has been operating in the Uk since the 1950s also offers runs a specialist service for teenagers affected by an individual’s alcoholism called Alateen.

You can find out more about the organisation either through its website

or by calling its helpline on 0800 0086 811 (10am-11pm), or by emailing the organisation directly.