Our expert says:
It is essential to remember that we all of us, easily, have more than one diagnosis. If he was properly assessed, let's assume he has Bipolar Disorder. That is quite often accompanied by alcoholism or problem drinking.
And nobody drinks as much as you describe without being a problem drinker. Maybe he sees it as a way of proving he's not alcoholic ? Anyway the point most worth emphasizing is that whether or not he is alcoholic, alcohol is a VERY VERY bad drug to combine with any of the meds for Bipolar Disorder, increasing side-effects and significantly reducing the potential benefits.
And make absolutely sure that both his psychiatrist and his psychologist are fully informed of the extent of his drinking.
That he is so touchy when you raise the matter of his drinking, suggests that he knows this is indeed a problem.
Having a bipolar disorder is no excuse for drinking foolishly, and unless he has discovered a source of free booze, it also does not help balance the budget or reduce your debts.
Emphasizing that you feel the need to understand the bipolar disorder better, to better know how to help him, ask to see his psychiatrist and psychologist indeed to discuss that, ( and also to discuss the drinking problem ).
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