Our expert says:
Encourage him and congratulate him on having the good sense to recognize that he has this problem - treatment wouldn't help until he made this important step. But its not something to try to manage entirel;y on your own - if he had appendicitis, you wouldn't whip out a pocket knife and clear the kitchen table, I hope. Encourage him to see a good local psychiatrist with an interest in alcohol problems, and to join AA.
As others say, "friends" can be a menace to anyone with drug or alcohol problems - help him by developing mutual friends whose lives don't center around partying and drinking.
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