Our expert says:
You know, I think it should be considered to be one of the diagnostic signs of substance abuse, especially regarding alcohol, that the person gets hung up on definitions and long debates about whether or not they have a problem. If you need to think that long and hard about it --- you have a problem. Non-stop drinking is not good for one's mental or physical health. A family history of alcoolism significantly raises the risks to you. The pattern and amount of drinking you describe surely sounds like problem drinking. What would happen if you had, for some external reason to do without any alcohol at all for a week ?
And to have a spouse who also drinks heavily AND persuades and pressures you to keep drinking when you pause, is a further risk factor. And waking with tremors is not at all a re-assuring sign.
You would be far healthier in every way without alcohol, or with only the very occasional drink, if you could limit it to that ; and so would your spouse
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