Our expert says:
Alcohol won't help his problems, especially the depression, digestive problems, etc., so he is wise now to stay dry. Alcohol is often used as self-medication for anxiety, even though it usually then increases the problems causing the anxiety. It will inevitably increase his depression. I it a GP who is treating him > Maybe a different antidepressant might suit him better, AND some counselling of the CBT sort could shift his negative and unhelpful habits of thought. And work with him to find other interests and activities, other than alcohol, which is a poor hobby
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