Our expert says:
Sounds like that father has a drinking problem. Problem drinkers feel uneasy with people who just don't drink. Maybe it makes them feel guilty, but they foolishly try to push the non-drinker into drinking.
The lad should discuss this with the girl he likes, as she may have also had problems with her drinking dad. If the boy does't want to drink - congratulations to him ! That'll save him problems and money during his life. Nobody ever died of not drinking alcohol.
As you describe his behaviour, he sounds as though he has become angry and discouraged, maybe even a bit depressed, by the way the foolish dad treated him.
Now, I don't think one should "get him an antidepresant" or something like that. First, if this problem seems significant, he should see a shrink for an assesment - we should never choose a treatment before we have a sound diagnosis and know what the problem is. It may well be that some counselling will solve the problem
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