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Family torn apart by alcohol addiction

Posted by Abi on 8 September 2017.

So my brother has been an alcoholic for a few years but recently this has stepped up. His wife an sons (age 8 and 10) have now left the family home. He has been into detox in the past an was doing well when he came out with meds to help him abstain from alcohol. However he stopped taking medication then relapsed an hasnt stopped since. Hes now drinking average of 1 litre of vodka a day an has recently spent time in ICU due so in intoxicated he was having heart issues. He keeps on making excuses an dont seem to understand he will die very shortly if this continues. I dont know what to do or where to turn? Please any advice x


Icarus Trust
18 Sep 2017

Hi Abi,
Thank you for sharing your story. I am sorry that you are so worried by your brother's drinking. It is really hard for you to see the effect it has on him I'm sure.
I work for The Icarus Trust. We are a charity that provides support for people who are having to deal with the addiction of a family member. If you get in touch you could talk with one of our experienced volunteers which might help you, as well as finding out what other help is out there.
You can contact us on or visit the website
All the best. I hope that this helps.

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