Our expert says:
Too often people get tied up in debates about whether or not someone is an Alcoholic, usually, on the part of the alcoholic, an attempt to avoid facing up to the problems their excessive drinking cause.
There is surely very little doubt that the man you describe is a Problem Drinker.
As for needing legal advice, see whether there's a free Law Clinic a your nearest University Law School, and check with your local Law Society, as hey have at times offered a free initial consultation to people in need, with various local attorneys.
Maybe even a group like POWA could recognize that you were psychologically abused and might be able to help, too.
A court can be asked to assess him for maintenance, and compel him tom pay if it considers him liable, as it should, and the court can decide in relation to his earnings, how much he should pay.
All alcohilics swear they will never drink again. And mayhbe even at times they think they mean it. But they alway drink again unless they get sincerelyminvolved in proper rehab and treatment.
Don't relent in your intentions to protect yourself, on the basis of such unreliable promises or even protestastions of love, when their love for the booze is always greater than their love for any person.
Chek with your local or regional AA, as some groups also provide an Al-Anon service for family's of alcoho;lics, which could be useful for you.
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