Background of the study: Alcoholism is the world’s 3rd largest risk factor in the burden of the family. Alcoholism affects emotionally, physically, socially and psychologically. Spouses feel difficult to manage her married life and thus developing stress. They may experience psychological problems due to their spouse who is alcoholic.
Objectives: To assess the stress among the wives of alcoholics and to determine the association between the stress and demographic variables.
Methodology: It was a non-experimental descriptive study conducted in the community area. 50 wives of alcoholics were included in the study using purposive
sampling method. Structured proforma was used to collect the demographic variables and Perceived Stress Scale was used as a tool to assess the stress among the wives of alcoholics. Data analysis was done using SPSS.
Results: The results indicated that 76% of the wives of alcoholics had moderate stress, 22% had high stress and only 2% of the samples had low stress.
Conclusion: The study revealed that wives of alcoholics are suffering from moderate stress and need to provide information regarding stress management and it is very important to note that a high degree of empathetic understanding is needed to help the wives of alcoholics in better coping.