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  • August 6, 2015 at 8:05 pm

    My son was 14 when I discovered he was drinking to excess and I remember taking his photo to every off licence in the area, in an effort to prevent them selling him alcohol. Sadly, this was futile. He continued to drink, using it as a coping strategy when things went wrong or like many, drinking to celebrate or socialising with friends. He did go on to become alcohol dependent. He just about managed to hold his life together throughout his twenties, although he struggled to cope with life’s stresses and often got into fights or arguments. In his thirties, he lost his girlfriend, job, house, followed closely by his dignity. As a family, we tried everything to get him to recognise he needed help and it very nearly destroyed us all. The point I am trying to make here is that although he did really want the help eventually and agreed to detoxes during the last year of his life, the problem was maintaining the changes afterwards? Due to the habitual nature of an alcoholic, this really is where the real help and support is needed. Very sadly, my son was unable to abstain without support and there was absolutely NOTHING we could do to prevent his inevitable decline and premature death aged just 36. To the world he was a pathetic, hopeless alcoholic, but to me, He was still my wide eyed little boy who loved Star Wars and Manchester United, and for whom the world held much promise many years earlier. I hope with the help of medical science and the will of mankind, that this terrible disease is eradicated in the future. A Mum x

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