SEEK HELP: Al-anon is an anonymous program for anyone affected by a problem drinker.
SEEK HELP: Al-anon is an anonymous program for anyone affected by a problem drinker. Sarah Harvey

Seek help anonymously to deal with problem drinkers

ROSE B knows from first-hand experience the need for family and friends of problem drinkers to have a safe place.

Al-anon is a group formed to help families and friends of alcoholics recover from the effects of living with someone with a drink problem.

Organiser, Ms B, said dealing with an alcoholic in her life had pushed her to the brink of suicide.

"I just want to stop this from happening to other people,” Ms B said.

"There are a lot misconceptions around Al-anon, people think we only deal with alcoholics and I can assure you that is not the case.

"If people could get an idea of what they could do and the help that we provide, then there is a chance we can get to them before it's too late.”

Mrs B drives in 89km each way to run meetings and she said with this commitment she hoped the word gets out and people weren't afraid to seek help.

"We deal with the problems that the alcoholics leave, people that have no self-esteem left, no self-worth left, they are frightened to go out, they are frightened to have a say,” she said.

"It is an anonymous program, who you see here, what you hear here, let it stay here, we are here to help.”

Al-anon Roma is held every Saturday from 6-7pm in the Justin King Centre next to the Catholic Church. To attend, it is asked that there be a problem of alcoholism in a relative or friend.

If you or someone you know is experiencing mental health issues, call Lifeline on 13 11 14.