Alcoholism does not just affect the individual with the dependency, but also affects those who care about them. Read about Claire's story about her father who has descended into a world of alcoholism.
Sadly, even this didn’t make him give up drinking alcohol, and even more scope to continue drinking. There have been countless occasions where we have tried to help him but you end up feeling helpless because he has no inclination to give up for himself. Even when my Mother left him with an ultimatum to give up alcohol or her, he chose alcohol. The last time he was in hospital the doctor said that if he carries on drinking he would not have long left to live and I am just left helpless watching it unfold in front of my eyes. My father has given up everything so he can continue to drink.
My biggest worry is that there will be no father to walk me down the aisle when I get married. No grandfather to hold my future children. I might lose my father and I feel powerless to stop him."