Our expert says:
Essentially, ONLY the alcoholic herself can change things for the better. What you can do as a friend is limited, but still valuable, in encouraging her to see and acknowledge that she has an alcohol problem, and to seek expert help with it. However difficult it may be for an alcoholic to control their drinking, it is possible, and it is especially possible to control the circumstances in which they drink - and her patterns of getting staggered in public places and picking up or luring strangers is dangerous, and her drinken driving is dangerous to other, wholly innocent people, as well as to herself.
Now that she is at long last beginning to face the posibility that she may be suffering serious and lasting harm fro her excessive drinking, this is a good time to encourage her to get the help everyone but she can see that she needs.
The drinks give her a delusion of confidence - CBT and similar counselling methods can give her genuine and lasting confidence. She may be lying to herself as well as to you.
Maybe an intervention could help at this stage - but involving other people close to her rather than just you. And she mustn't be allowed to get away with the usual whine "Don't JUDGE me !' People who drive drunk DESERVE to be judged by others - and ARE being judged by others, only most others are not telling her their judgement. And if she continues this way, she will be jusged by a judge ( if she is lucky ) or at the Pearly Gates if not.
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