“Friends” star Matthew Perry compared his castmates to penguins in a recent interview. He explained that when one penguin is sick or injured, the others “surround it and prop it up” until it is ok on its own. In his soon-to-be-released memoir, Perry describes his battle with alcoholism and his personal journey into recovery from the disease.

Alcohol Use Disorder affects 14.5 million Americans, including more than 400,000 adolescents ages 12 – 17, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH, 2019), yet less than 10% get treatment. Having a support group is an important part of recovery. For those who are not dealing with an addiction themselves, BE the support that a friend or family member needs.

Read the interview with Matthew Perry here: https://www.cnn.com/2022/10/19/entertainment/matthew-perry-is-talking-addiction-in-a-new-memoir/index.html

For resources on prevention, treatment, and recovery: https://preventsubstancemisuse.org/

Source: https://www.niaaa.nih.gov/publications/brochures-and-fact-sheets/alcohol-facts-and-statistics