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Is Your Partner An Alcoholic?

Feb 20, 2008
It is not as easy as you think to recognise that the person that is the closest to you is an alcoholic. To actually get to grips with the situation in which your partner's drinking problem comes to light can be as stressful for you as it is for your partner admitting to his alcoholism.

The first step is looking for patterns in their drinking habits. Do they drink everyday? Every weekend. Only on Sundays? Do they drink because the kids were screaming all day? Their job is particularly stressful that day?

As we all know, an occasional social drink and drinking to forget a stressful situation are two separate entities. Someone who is clearly drinking to relieve stress is to be considered a potential alcoholic. If you spouse is consistently having to have a few drinks after work just to relax, most likely they are having alcohol dependency problems.

Another common ground feature amongst alcoholics is that they will always lay the blame on somebody else for their problems. Either their boss gets under their skin, their wife's a nag or money (or the lack of it) are just some of the common causes. The outcome tends to be to just drink those problems away instead of dealing with them, so my question to you is..."Does your spouse put the blame on others for his or her perceived problems?"

One of the sadder aspects of this disease is how it affects the whole family in general, as an alcoholic will avoid all his family commitments. If you feel that the financial burden is falling upon you and that your partner is not responding, then should just try and work out how much of the family budget is being diverted to alcohol.

It really doesn't matter whether you have read an article or seen a statistical survey as the answer to all of these questions will always be an affirmative one, meaning an alcoholic is present within the family. One difficulty arising from this subject is that each case can be different and you don't need to just look at quantity but also at resulting behaviour problems due to alcohol intake. There is a solution to this but the first step is for the two of you to sit down and start to talk about the problem.

The conclusion to such a terrible situation to be in is that you are not the only person in or who has been in the same situation and that your way out is through mutual guidance and support. You can start to find support from other people who have suffered the same as you have at http://www.stopdrinkingadvice.org/guide/ and you will soon realize that you have already taken the first step for you and your spouse.
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