My parents are alcoholics and won’t get help but they say I’m the problem – The SunDecember 4, 2019
DEAR DEIDRE: MY parents kicked me out when I clashed with them over their drinking.
I now live with my girlfriend and we are very happy. I am a guy of 25 and she is 27.
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My parents are in their late forties and alcoholics. I have begged them to get help but they won’t.
They have told my 22-year-old sister they regret kicking me out but I just get drunken voicemail messages.
She wants me to talk to them but hates their drinking too. My mum often drinks and drives and my sister won’t go anywhere with her.
Last night they left a message, screaming down the phone that I have destroyed the family. Later there was another message saying they were sorry. I have messaged them, saying I will not contact them until they get help.
DEIDRE SAYS: Finding help has to be your parents’ decision. Backing down to your parents would give them the message that their drinking is all right.
Report your mum’s drink-driving to the police. What if she kills someone?
Contact the National Association for Children of Alcoholics (nacoa.org.uk, 0800 358 3456).
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