Some of the problems people face while living with problem drinkers are unpredictable behavior and embarrassment. The victims become confused and anxious about the behavior of the alcoholic in the family or immediate surroundings.
They also fear that the alcoholic will get hurt, sick, or die. People troubled with someone's excessive alcohol consumption also get frequent stomachaches and headaches from stress.
Additional feelings felt by people living their life with an alcoholic are guilt, fear that something might happen, and anger.
Problem drinkers rip apart close and loving relationships with conflict and anger. They also spend much-needed money on alcohol or hospitalization due to alcohol-related problems. They create an unpredictable atmosphere and environment.
They do poorly at work or miss a lot of work. They appear and act angry or sad most of the time. They show two personalities; they act one way when sober and another way when they are intoxicated.
There is one thing all alcoholics have in common; as time passes, the drinking gets worse.
How does one cope with someone in his or her life who drinks too much alcohol? How do we help the problem drinker get the help he or she needs?
The following pages show some things we can do and should not do when our life with an alcoholic needs help. Click on View the list to get additional information for advice, support, and safety.
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