Our expert says:
Often, alcoholics get into complicated and silly arguments about why they ae NOT alcoholic, and this can be an unhelpful point to argue.
The fact is that he drinks more havil than most people and with less free control over it, and the drinking is associated with problems for him and for others. And he really doesn't sound as though he is anjoying his drinking so much as feeling he has to drink.
Its good that he is prepared, even if this might no be entirely sincere, to see someone. Don't limit what may be his last chance for now, by seeing only a lesser qualified counsellor - he should see a psychiatrist with an interest in drinking and substance abuse problems, to plan a comprehensive approach, which may INCLUDE but not be limited to , working with a counsellor and may include some drugs which help a drinker to stop and stay stopped. And of course you should see the shrink as well - to me that is an essential part of handling any such problems properly
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