Our expert says:
Alcoholism isn't inevitably inherited, but the risk of devloping alcoholism or substance abuse is higher if a parent or other family members are already thus affected.
Alcoholics and problem drinkers, also, often do have double standards, exempting themsevles from what they expect from others.
Heavy drinking, whether or not technically alcoholic, also promotes depression, which in turn amplifies pain from whatever cause, and undermines treatments for pain or depression.
I wish there was a simple way for you to help her, but truly, unless and until a problem drinker recognizes that there is a problem, and sincerely wants to fix it, they really can't be effectively helped. You can aim to be there to be helpful when she does recognize that she needs help. But until then, she may dismiss your advice, however good, as merely "nagging" and feel it enables her to deserve another drink.
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