Our expert says:
Heavy drinking is always bad for one's physical and mental health, and more so if one already has diabetes.
Most problem drinkers come up with elaborate arguments as to why THEY are not alcoholics ( like heavy smokers who claim they won't suffer lung problems, because they don't leave messy ashtrays stuffed with cigarette butts, like those shown in some health warning ads.)
When she says she sees no point in living after your dad's death, this suggests there could well be a degree of Depression and/or a bereavement being rally badly handled, fuelling the extra heavy drinking.
Talk to her calmly, about how, whether or not technically an alcoholic, her drinking is still a swerious problem and a serious risk, that her children still love her very much and need her around even more since the loss of your dad. With proper expert help she could be feeling happier and manage better without the alcohol, and play an even more central role in the family.
Ultimately, the trouble is that it is impossible to treat alcoholism / problem drinking ( or indeed most other health problems ) unless and until the idividual recognizes that there is a problem, and sincerely takes part actively in its treatment and resolution.
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