How do I talk to my parents about their slowly worsening alcholism
I have tried talking to my parents for years about their drinking and each year I see them getting worse. They can function but since my dad’s retirement 3 years ago he has gone downhill really quickly. They are both in denial and the times I have been able to build up the strength to say something they deflect and pretend it isn’t that bad.
This past Christmas was the worst I have seen them with my dad regularly drinking from midday, meaning every day was a struggle to even have basic conversations with him. I was almost fr oxen with anxiety and instead of being able to express my thoughts I was really quiet. I could tell that both my mum and dad could see I was worried about them, but instead of any of us discussing it, they kept drinking more to try and forget.
They have always been drinkers but it has got heavier and now part of their daily routine. I think they have got worse partly because they are worried about my brother, who lives with them at home and is unemployed and himself probably suffering from depression and severe anxiety. I want to be able to help all of them but don’t know where to start.