The Anonymous People

I was reading the book High Sobriety: Confessions of a Drinker by Alice King last week and in it she wrote that it was thought that 1 in 6 Britons have some sort of problem with alcohol, either through their own drinking or someone else’s.  To me this seems huge and largely unacknowledged.

The UK 2011 census states that the current UK population is 63 million. That means that potentially we have 10 million people where alcohol is a problem for them. The Govt monitors alcohol statistics via the Alcohol Annual Report and in 2012-2013 less than 110,000 were in structured treatment. That’s only 0.01% – the literal ‘tip of the iceberg’.

I admire this American films courage immensely and feel that we need to be acknowledging and owning our problem in the same way here.  You can read more about what the US are doing here.

Edited to add: thanks to soberlearning for letting me know that you can watch this film on 1st March as they are doing a free 24 hour open stream at

20 thoughts on “The Anonymous People

      1. I guess it’s coz we tend to hide a lot both in addiction and recovery from those who don’t suffer and powerful reminder like this one has a huge effect.

      2. I was keeping it a secret and last week I couldn’t hold it longer. So far I’ve told only two, and sometimes it itches to tell others too; but I think anonymity helps a lot and I can’t share so many things here if people in my life knew about it.

      3. I know what you mean about the itching to tell people. I think it is important to protect our recovery initially and if that means waiting to tell people then so be it 🙂

  1. They talk a lot about this film on the Booze Free Brigade Facebook page and it’s been brought up on The Bubble Hour podcasts. It’s very hard to tell others but soooo cathartic once it’s out. I’ve talked to a few, and now if it comes up I talk, if the subject’s not mentioned then I don’t.

    1. The Booze Free Brigade FB page? This is a new one on me Sharon 🙂 Maybe this film will make it easier for all of us to speak out?

  2. I loved the video! You are right about not telling people, I haven’t told anyone in my immediate family other than my husband and two kids. Not that I am ashamed, I just feel it is none of their business.
    I also want to make sure I have a nice chunk of time under my belt before I go around saying, “I am sober”.

    1. Thanks soberlearning – glad you liked 🙂 I think the not telling people is also because in the past when very hungover I might have said ‘I’m never drinking again’ and then I have so people don’t take it seriously. When you can say it’s been 6 mths, 9 mths or a year – they know you are serious!

      1. Yup, that is me to a tee! I can’t tell you how many hangovers have prompted crying and swearing to my husband I was going to quit, only to forget all about it when it was “time for drinks”.
        I feel a little like I need to prove myself. That I am being sincere and honest about it.
        I am also deathly afraid of failure. It is something that I keep waiting for, because it has been the pattern of my past.
        That being said, I have never been this serious before.
        One day at a time.

  3. I just went to The Anonymous People facebook page, and they are having a free online screening of the movie on 3/1. Just an FYI.

    1. Me neither. I’m going to post a link up on Soberistas next Saturday and really spread the word there too 🙂

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