Our expert says:
OK, he is alcoholic / a problem drinker. They may try to insist that because they don't drink every day, they're not, but of you drink excessively and to the point that it causes problems, that's problem drinking.
AA really works, but not for everybody - especially not for those who claim a special status and insist they're "not like those" - if he drinks to the point of it causing problems, he IS "like those". And with his genes, if his fatehr was alcoholic and his mother chemically dependent, his risk of becoming similarly aflicted was of course high.
As for Antabuse, it's not about "chemical dependency", but about how it is used. Even if you or I took Antabuse ( or other similar products ) we would feel sick if we rank alcohol, because it interferes with how alcohol is metabolized. But of course if a binge drinker takes it admirably when not drinking, and stops it in enough time before a binge, it won't work. It just helps to strengthen someone's resolve to stay stopped, by making it unpleasant to drink.
Hes, of course he must see a counsellor / psychotherapist. And you also deserve to see a counsellor to remove the damage you have suffered from this and to recover your self-esteem.
GO with him to see the GP, to see that he remains honest to what he has promised, and to see that proper appointments are made with the appropriate specialists. You don't need to put words into his mouth, but it could be useful for you, when asked, to express your own experience of these problems.
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