Alcoholism Questions: Ask and Let Us Help You

There are many alcoholism questions surrounding alcohol, alcoholism, and its effects because it is a very broad topic. Alcoholism, also called alcohol addiction, is an incredibly complex condition; it is a serious but preventable public health issue. There are so many conflicting theories about its nature, how it causes distress and harm, and how it should be treated that sometimes it feels like you’re drowning in a sea of information.

This is why I created this page. I was constantly getting alcoholism questions through my ‘Contact Form’, and felt that others could benefit from the answers that I was giving.

So, if you would like to know more about alcohol dependency, or the continued excessive alcohol misuse that led to the development of alcohol dependence, then please fill out the form below. Your question will appear on this website along with the answer. Your complete anonymity is respected, you do not have to give your name and your E-mail address is deleted at the end of the Q&A process

No matter how trivial your query may seem, somebody reading it may well find the information they are looking for.

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Can I mention the drinking?

by Janet (UK) Question – Shall I tell my alcoholic friend that I cannot see him whilst he’s drinking? Is it OK for me to mention the drinking? So far I refer to him being ill. Answer – Only you can answer the first question. It is entirely in your hands to choose…

Help and Assistance For Alcoholic Partner

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by janice (sheffield) Question: What assistance can a partner/wife get to help an alcoholic? Answer: It all depends on whether the alcoholic wants help. If they don’t then there is little you can do except look after yourself. It sounds selfish but it is outside your power to help somebody…

Can a child be born with Wet Brain Syndrome?

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Can a child be born with Wet Brain? If so, is it caused by the father or the mother, or both, if both abuse alcohol? Answer No, a child cannot be born with wet brain (Wernicke-korsakoff Syndrome). However, a child can be born with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) which has…

What do I do now?

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by Anonymous This person is in control of his life. He only drinks beer when he comes home from work. He is very thin and tall and his metabolism seems to make it easy to show signs of drunkenness. I think he drinks around a quart bottle of regular beer…

Self-Medicating For Depression.

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by Name Withheld (Wichita, Kansas USA) I have suffered from depression for as long as I can remember. Very high functioning, but always underlying depression. I started relying on alcohol in my mid 30’s to treat what the anti- depressants were not. Within a 5 yr period, I was being…

Is my friend an alcoholic?

I have just spent a disastrous day out with a friend of mine. We all had some Cava on the way there in the limo and I was ‘in charge’ of topping up everyone’s glasses. My friend had no more than anyone else, yet after our lunch we then entered…

He says he is not an alcoholic

I am married to a man that works every day, but, every week, on either Friday or Saturday, he gets “smashed” on alcohol. He is then belligerent, condescending, puts me down, compares me to his former girlfriends, belittles me beyond what you could imagine! He has said the same exact…

What If You Have Little Or No Money?

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I know that I am a functional alcoholic, but I do not have nor have I had a full time job in almost five years. Hence I have no medical insurance or money to pay for any detox program. Are there any detox options for those with no money? REPLY…

What If You Have Little Or No Money?

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I know that I am a functional alcoholic, but I do not have nor have I had a full time job in almost five years. Hence I have no medical insurance or money to pay for any detox program. Are there any detox options for those with no money? REPLY…

AA Sponsor and Criminal Activities

What happens when you are disclosing to your sponsor some illegal activity. Do they have a duty to report it? Reply This is a difficult one. It mainly rests on two factors: The attitude of your sponsor The type of illegal activity involved Let’s deal with the first. All sponsors…

Understanding Alcoholic Behavior

by Coreen (U.S.) How can a person who is drinking 24/7 say to a sweet and helpful dating partner that she “has no common sense” and ask “what the f*** is wrong with you” when I am driving him to and from a restaurant because I don’t drink. It had…

What is your take on “non-alcoholic” beer?

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by Cindy (Billings, MT) My husband just got out of alcohol rehab (30 day in-house treatment) and has been trying to find things that he can enjoy at social settings. He tried O’Dools last weekend at a friends BBQ and coincidentally (or not) had a couple days following of major…

Confronting An Alcoholic Friend

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by Joe (Norfolk, VA) My friend is an alcoholic and I believe a functioning alcoholic. I have known him for about 10 years. How do I go about telling him that he is an alcoholic or do I just leave it alone. He drinks 24/7 and even drives his truck.…

Saying something more than once is nagging

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by Ellie (Idaho) Though, I think I understand the purpose for the quote, “Saying something more than once is nagging”. I struggle with this and not trying to undermine anything, only looking for more understanding to it. I feel if a spouse or friend who is trying to help someone…

What am I supposed to do now?

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by Ashley (NY) My husband is an alcoholic. I believe that whole-heartedly. He has shown all the signs; he uses alcohol as a crutch when he is stressed, once he starts drinking he has a hard time stopping, he has lied about drinking, he has hidden alcohol in the house…

I Can’t Take Anymore.

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by Sally (southampton) I have been with my partner on and off for 3 years, in this time he has, I think, had a drink problem but has got slowly worse and worse. He can’t keep a job for more than 2 months, sometimes can’t go to work becuase of…

Why is my husband in denial?

by Elisa (Phoenix) What if your husband is completely aware that he has a problem with alcohol, and uses this as an excuse for drinking? He says, I know I have vices, but I can’t change, no one changes….. what do I say to that? Reply Firstly, of course people…

What is the Solution?

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by Jina (Agadir, Morocco) My boyfriend is addicted to alcohol, I don’t know what to do… We often hear of the terrible damage that alcoholism wreaks on the sufferer, however, it is those around the alcoholic that often suffer the most. There is nothing worse than watching someone you love…

How Can I Help My Friend?

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by Julie (Pennsylvania) My dear friend, who is like a daughter to me, intentionally overdosed on drugs and alcohol this morning. Her children called me when she told them she was ending her life. They did not know what to do. My husband and I were at her side within…

Quitting After 20 Years Of Binge Drinking

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by Jamie (Columbus, Ohio USA) Is it dangerous or are there health risks to quit drinking cold turkey if you have been weekend binge drinking for over 20 years? Our advice to anyone who wishes to quit drinking is to first seek professional advice. In other words, go to your…

What Will The Result Be?

by Tessa Holt (Sedro-Woolley, Washington, U.S.A) What if my mother has brain damage or fluid on the brain due to alcoholism and she continues to get drunk? REPLY Hello Tessa, This is a question that only the medical professional who diagnosed your mother’s condition can answer. However, it goes without saying…

Alcoholic Father and his Children

by Karen (Victoria, Australia) When my husband is very drunk – slurring words, yelling at the dogs, falling over – I take my youngest child out of the house to keep her safe. When sober, my husband is aggressive towards me, telling me he would never hurt her, but I…

Am I Having Blackouts?

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When I drink wine, I will call my girlfriend many times and leave messages accusing her of cheating on me. Last night I called 10 times leaving 6 messages. I remember making 3 calls and only 1 message. Do I black-out? When someone is blacked out are they still able…

Does alcohol cause insecurity?

by Mike When I drink I have feelings of insecurity, low self-esteem and being paranoid. If I stop drinking for several days I don’t feel this way. Is this a mental side effect of long term use? If so, can moderation make these feelings go away? I feel like I’m…

Is My Husband An Alcoholic Or Just A Loner?

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by Marie (milwaukee WI) I’m not sure if my husband is an alcoholic or not. He has drunk every night for 23 years, but has held down a respectable job. He lost his job 2 years ago due to the recession, saying the company told him he wasn’t a “good…

aa negative thinking

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by james (glasgow uk) this might sound strange but i have been sober in aa nearly 39 years total abstnence but have never been really happy i listen to alot of negative people who sponser many people i do not have much faith in sponsorship as i know that they…

Can an Alcoholic be “Not a Regular Alcoholic?”

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by John Doe (Midwest USA) I wonder about my step-father, who recently died of congestive heart failure. He was an alcoholic for years but in the last 10-15 years of his life he went from being a “public drunk” as people would call him, and severe alcoholic, to simply drinking…

Sponsor Responsibilities and Approval

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by Silvia (Irvine, California) My husband of 30 years is working on his alcohol problem and has moved out and sought help. It has been over 3 months since I have spoken to him. I am now in need of having a conversation with him as his absence relates to…

How to back up what you said to an Alcoholic

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by Ann (Toledo, Ohio) Our son is an alcoholic. He is 31. He has been doing drugs and alcohol for at least 14 years now. He has almost always lived elsewhere since he has been 18. He finally ran out of women who would put up with him and is…

When Do You Walk Away From An Alcoholic Sister

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I am a caregiver for my sister – who is an alcoholic. She just went through hospitalization and rehabilitation. It’s been almost two months since she drank and just the other day I walked in to discover that she was drinking again. This really upset me and I told her…

Is my Husband an Alcoholic?

My husband drinks hard liquor every evening, and often on the weekend he’ll start in the late afternoon. This has been going on for more than 10 years. He never appears as though he is drunk, but I have noticed lately that he smells of old liquor when he wakes…

Sources:  

NCBI. Alcohol Dependence, Withdrawal, and Relapse. 2008. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3860472/

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Binge Drinking. https://www.cdc.gov/alcohol/fact-sheets/binge-drinking.htm

Medline Plus. Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD). https://medlineplus.gov/alcoholusedisorderaud.html

Medline Plus. Alcohol Use Disorder. https://medlineplus.gov/genetics/condition/alcohol-use-disorder/