Our expert says:
Lets focus on why YOU feel so bothered by not drinking. Feeling you have to hide your own drinking isn't good for enabling you to maintain a healthy attitude towards your own drinking. If this is a problem when you go out to functions together, why is it so important for you not to drink then --- when there are likely to be many other people around him, all drinking. An alcoholic needs to learn to control the urge and to not drink when there is alcohol around and others are drinking. Remaining sober on a desert-island isn't the skill he needs. Why not discuss this with him, and revise your support plan, and model responsible and controlled drinking, rather than uneasy sobriety, for him ?
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