I've been married more than 20 years and it's been a good marriage. He's my best friend, a hard worker, honest, funny, a great dad, very smart, just about any good quality you can think of, he has. Just a brief word about my upbringing so anyone reading this can understand where I'm coming from: I was raised by two wonderful parents, but my dad was an alcoholic. He came home drunk every single day and passed out in his recliner. He wasn't abusive, physically or verbally, thankfully, but was "absent" in our lives due to his alcoholism. Fast forward to the present: now I'm worried SICK about my husband's drinking. For the duration of our marriage and while we were dating, he would drink a few beers, nothing major, no drunkenness. I drink occasionally myself, but am very regimented in it because I don't want my children growing up with an alcoholic parent. I've already talked to them about the dangers of overindulgence and about their family history. For the last several years, my hubby's drinking has increased. He used to only drink on the weekends, now it's almost every day, 8-10 beers or more. A few times he's gotten to the point where he was slurring and obviously had too much. This scares me to death. I've tried talking to him and he says he'll cut back, but so far, he hasn't. He says I worry over nothing and he's fine. I should mention also that hubby suffers from anxiety terribly and I don't think his meds are working any more. He recently had his dose increased, and it really helped for a week or so, then back to the same. I don't know what to do. For the first time in our marriage, I'm afraid. Afraid for his health and our marriage and our children. I feel a distance between us that I've never sensed before. How do I know if my husband has an alcohol problem? Am I codependent? Should I even worry about his drinking? I feel completely crazy with worry and unable to think straight! Help! God bless anyone who reads this.
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