Joe has been increasing his alcohol use for several years, and now he’s drinking an entire bottle of wine or more, four to five nights a week. He doesn’t think he’s impaired; after all he’s built up a high tolerance. But his family is angry and embarrassed. Joe doesn’t drink at work, so he doesn’t think he has a problem. “So what if I like to have a couple of glasses of wine at the end of the week or on Saturday night”. He’s not like his uncle and his mother who drank heavily during the day and died from liver failure. But his family has an entirely different story about his alcohol use.... Read More
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Every year, I see scores of children who live with an alcoholic parent. With millions of alcoholics in our country, there are millions more family members who live with a mother, father, husband or wife who has a drinking problem. I hear their sad stories, filled with shame, anger, and hurt. This experience leaves life long scars.
Recently, I talked to a youngster whose father had been through inpatient alcohol treatment several times, but continued to abuse alcohol. He shared me with his story, and he gave me permission to share it with my readers. Here it is, in excerpted form.... Read More
Mary’s husband Bill likes to drink red wine at night—several or more glasses. At family gatherings, dinners out, and at home, he often has “several too many”. After dinner, he is likely to fall asleep in his chair. Other times, he can become angry or hostile. When Mary brings it up, he becomes aggressive—“You’re so judgmental! You’re not perfect either!” he quips.
End of conversation.
His adult children have said something too. Usually they plead with Dad to “slow down” on the wine. Sometimes he might, but mostly he doesn’t. This has been going on for years.
Sarah... Read More