Our expert says:
As we get older, we often have cumulative degrees of brain damage anyway, and more so in an alcoholic ( people so often don't remember that alcohol damages the brain ). And then the impact of intoxication , and of alcohol withdrawal, are all the greater and more potentially harmful and unpleasant. And especially in some people, as they notice their abilities fading, they deny this reality and instead boast of how great they are, mainly so as to convince themselves and to try to avoid criticism. People in his sort of situation clearly do need treatment, but rarely admit that --- sometimes they need to approach severe problems before they allow themselves to glimpse the fact that they need help, however ovious this has been to everyone else. He is probably beyond "handling", by you or anyone else. I don't suppose he would listen to his children, either. But yopu need to primarily care for yourself, and your growing despair and depression --- you deserve and can benefit from help, until maybe he has the sense to accept his own need for help. What would happen if you were to leave him for a while, to stay with your children ? How would he react to that. and to having to care for himself ?
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