Are there symptoms of alcohol abuse?

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Registered: 08-13-2012
Are there symptoms of alcohol abuse?
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Mon, 10-28-2013 - 9:48am

My husband has been dealing with depression for many years and has been getting treated for it. In the past year he has started drinking rather heavy at night and many times lately he is so drunk he stumbles to bed. He says he is just "relaxed" but I am starting to worry because his boughts of drunkenness seems to be increasing rapidly. Should I be worried?

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Registered: 10-08-2002
Wed, 10-30-2013 - 7:58pm
Hi and welcome. This is a very good question....and one that I had to come to terms with. I have learned that alcohol abuse, for me, was a little more complex. It is about what alcohol does to me, not about how much I drink. If he is "relaxing" every night to the point of stumbling, it is a problem. This problem can and usually does continue until alcohol addiction occurs. Then, stopping requires a lot more than will power. Since he has been dealing with depression, I hope he is aware that alcohol is a big depressant. What I realized was my drinking kept me depressed and crying while I got drunker a lot of the times. The news for me was that when I got up the next morning, I usually didnt remember the crying binge or it didnt seem so bad. Until he gets ready to do some serious looking at his drinking, he will drink. If he has not crossed that line into addiction yet, he can very possibly understand if someone, say, a doctor or minister talks to him about the negative of that much alcohol. Surveys say that for a man, drinking 2 or more drinks per night is alcohol abuse. Find some of the pamphlets to support these figures. I am sure your doctor's office can help you with this. It seems to work better with an outside person talking to them about it. With family members, it can be misconstrued to being nagging. You might find some help for yourself with information from Alanon. I know this is worrisome for you and Alanon can get you back on track when you are putting too much focus on him and not enough on you. Stay in touch and let us know how you are coping. Let us know if there is anything we can do to help you. Take care.....
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Registered: 10-08-2002
Wed, 10-30-2013 - 8:01pm

I hope this was helpful...

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