Our expert says:
This is, indeed, a very difficult situation. Cultural traditions deserve some respect, but not when nthey are abused to enable someone to ignore a disease thet have or a habit which is damaging their health and risking their life and that of others. And I believe that people who expect to be respected, must expect of themselves to act respectably, and not to use their expectation of respect to enable them to get away with bad behaviour.
But there is nothing that can be done realistically to help an alcoholic unless and until THEY consistently admit that they have a serious problem and that they need help for it. Are there any older family members, uncles, aunts, whoever, to whom THEY in turn owe some respect culturally, and who they might listen to, who could approach them ?
An addtional p roblem with alcohol is that beyond a certain point not only don't they want to remember how they behaved when drunk, but they may not, while sober, be able to fully remember what happened
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