My alcoholic partner drinks two bottles a night, every night – she's destroying her health

DEAR DEIDRE: MY partner has become an alcoholic. She drinks two bottles of wine a night, every night. 

She knows she’s destroying her health – she’s a retired nurse – but she doesn’t care. 

She’s 59 and I’m 60. Nothing I say stops her drinking.

In fact, if I won’t join in with her, she calls me boring and swears at me, saying I’m only half a man. 

She begins drinking at noon, has a nap, then starts again at dinner time. 

I think she’s depressed, as her personality has changed and our sex life is non-existent. 

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Last week, she fell over while walking to the shops and smashed her face on the pavement. She looks like she’s been through three rounds with Mike Tyson.

I’m terrified she’s going to drink herself to death or have a serious accident. What can I do?

DEIDRE SAYS: Sadly, you can’t change her behaviour – only she can do that ­– but you can encourage her to find help. 

My support pack, Dealing With A Problem Drinker, has lots of advice and lists sources of support. You could also try persuading her to see her GP.

Something is making her unhappy – you need to get to the root of this.

Tell her you’re worried about her and ask her if there is anything you can do to improve your relationship.

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