Is he an alcoholic??

Old 02-20-2011, 12:06 AM
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Is he an alcoholic??

Ok, I just learned my 83-year-old father has been coming home in the evenings for about a year now, since my mother has been in rehab for a hip replacement, and drinking. He admitted to me that it was Vodka mixed with water. I had suspected this a few times, as I talk to him each evening. No slurring sounds, but I could hear him drinking something.

So, is papa a drunk??

He is drinking because he's depressed that my mother has been away so long. That I know. It's just like the guy I'm interested in, he's also drinking because he's lonely and unhappy with life.

I wonder if I'm overreacting or if the majority of society just drinks, for whatever reason.
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Old 02-20-2011, 02:02 AM
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I don't know. How much does he drink? Is is the same amount every night? Is he on an anti depressant, which his Dr may have prescribed because the Dr knew that depression would set in? Too many questions to figure this one out on a forum.

I can give you an example though of a really great neighbor I have. She is 86, and yes I give her rides when her arthritis is too severe and she doesn't feel comfortable driving. Her hubby died about 7 years ago. Every night she has her 'nightcap'. Same amount, never changes, 1 drink, that lasts her about 1 1/2 hours and she usually puts more ice in it in that 1 1/2 hour time frame. Is she drinking more then the Nat'l Council on Alcoholism suggests? Yes. Is she an alcoholic? Nope. She won't take sleeping aids and refused anti-D's from her Dr, says her 'nightcap' works just fine.

Not my place to say if your father is or isn't an alcoholic. Is he drinking more than before your mom had to go to rehab for her hip? Or are you just more aware now because without your mom there you are talking to him more often?

There is so much more to being an alcoholic than the 'amount someone drinks' or the 'frequency that one drinks.'

I am sorry I could not be of more help, but it is a question that is not easily answered.

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Old 02-20-2011, 07:18 AM
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no way to know based on what you've provided. Drinking is not the only indicator. Look at his behavior.
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