How to Deal With an Alcoholic – 1
Experts recommend that members of the family or friends can and really should do something for an alcoholic even if the alcoholic refuses to acknowledge that they have a problem with alcohol.
How to Deal With an Alcoholic – 2
It’s important to understand the difference between alcohol abuse and alcoholism. Get information of what alcoholism is actually all about from knowledgeable sources. Talking to a friend without knowledge of alcoholism, even though they mean well, can easily result in getting incorrect information. So many people are often misinformed but still have an incorrect opinion. The most efficient tool for screening is providing a detailed history of the person’s drinking behavior to the family doctor. Alcohol drinkers will be categorized as at-risk, problem or alcohol dependent, based on a protocol developed by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.
How to Deal With an Alcoholic – 3
Ask other people for help. A friend who’s a recovering alcoholic or some other person that has some understanding of alcoholism might be able to speak to the alcoholic and encourage him or her to get treatment.
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Find out what support is offered within the local community. Almost all communities have local chapters of Alcoholics Anonymous.
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Avoid covering up for the alcoholic person. For instance, if the alcoholic is unable to attend work because of a hangover, do not assist by calling in sick on his or her behalf.
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Allow them to suffer the consequences of drinking alcohol. For instance, if the alcoholic passes out on the floor of the lounge, let them awaken there and don’t attempt to move her or him to bed.
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Do not encourage an alcoholic to drink under any circumstances what so ever. Never buy them alcohol or be willing to drink with them even in social situations.
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Consider an intervention. The severity of the alcohol problem and also the individual’s readiness to change should decide the intervention selected by the family doctor.