There is depression in my family, but also alcoholism.

My parents offered help to relatives, so I was exposed to this problem at a young age.


I still deal with this problem today.

It is hard work.

A lot of the time it is about damage control.  You cannot prevent the person from drinking, but you can go and bring them home.

You can help them to manage their money, and offer a listening service.

They are less likely to drink if they have someone to talk to.

It can be exhausting.


I remember standing outside of a pub as a child waiting on the adult to come out.

Sometimes I wish I did not have to deal with this worry, but it does happen in some families.


AA are very good, but not everyone wants to go there.  They get embarrassed by the group setting.

They rely on their own family for assistance.


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