Our expert says:
Taking a child in the car when drunk driving is abusive and dangerous for both of them and for other people. He sounds troubled as well as troubling. Are his parents aware of how he is behaving ? Shouldn't they be informed ?
Threats of suicide need to be taken seriously, but on the other hand someone shouldn't be encouraged to use such threats as a method of blackmail so as to control others. He can be encouraged to see a shrink for assessment and advice, and told that people will not be manipulated by his threats, but that you are concrned that he seems to need help and to be unhappy, and want him to receive appropiate help. Is there anyone in the family to whom he will listen seriosuly, who could talk with him productively ?
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