Our expert says:
Drunks and alcoholics do two things in excess - they drink a lot, and they apologise and promise a lot ( without keeping their promises ). Oh, and they uually have many explanations and don't accept that their behaviour could be a problem.
No treatment for alcohol problems works, unless the person actually wants to be helped, recognizes that there is a problem, and sincerely works at it.
Compulsory treatment is provided for by the law only where the person's life ( or those of others, or both ) are at risk due to their mental state, and that most probably does not apply here.
It's terribly sad, but problem drinkers can only be effectively treated, if at all, if they cooperate fully. All one can do is persuade, within or from outside of the relationship
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