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A drinker at home

Many people find it quite difficult  to live with someone who drinks too much alcohol. For them we have some tips on how to cope:

  • Learn to stand back a bit. One can’t control another’s drinking.
  • Avoid an argument with someone who has been drinking – no fruitful discussions are  possible at this time and no decisions can be made. Wait until the person is sober again.
  • Avoid threats unless you intend to carry them through.
  • Do not focus on the drinker to the detriment of other family members.
  • Find someone you can trust to talk to; you may want to  check the local services available.
  • There might be professional help available – ask a health professional or check the availability of help-lines.
  • Don’t expect miracles if the drinker agrees to treatment. Relapse is part of the cycle of hazardous or harmful use of alcohol and treatment. You will need some patience.


You may also find it useful to look at the page for Family and Friends.