I never thought my husband would stop drinking until you helped us

DEAR DEIDRE: UNTIL I wrote to you, I never believed my husband could stop drinking.

He had always been a heavy drinker, but when lockdown started, it got out of hand.


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He’s 47, I’m 46 and we’ve been married for 20 years.

He was a great husband, except when he drank. When I contacted you, I was on the verge of leaving as he was being so abusive.

I started to fear for my safety and for my 16-year-old daughter’s too.

You sent me your support pack, Dealing With A Problem Drinker, which was informative.

But most of all, you gave me the confidence to tell him that if things didn’t change I would leave.

When I said I was taking my daughter to stay with my sister, something clicked inside him and he called Alcoholics Anonymous.

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He hasn’t touched alcohol for four months now.

Things are so much better and I truly believe we can repair our marriage.

DEIDRE SAYS: People need to find the desire in themselves to stop drinking.

I’m so happy that he has managed to quit, and hope he can stay on the wagon, so you can be a happy family again.

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