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How can I help my husband to quit alcohol?

Q: My 46 years old husband has been drinking alcohol for the last 10 years. He takes about 4-5 pegs daily. His brother and uncle passed away due to cirrhosis. He wants to quit drinking but is unable to do so. How can I help him? Please suggest.

A:It is important that he stops drinking ASAP. There are serious complications if he continues drinking.

As a spouse you understanding his addiction is a great support. Do not judge him. Be empathetic! But be firm.

Go to Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) groups near you. Allow him to talk about his cravings, triggers freely.

Ask him to identify triggers and thus encourage relapse prevention.

There are few medications that he can take to avoid drinking. Discuss with your doctor. Naltrexone is a great one. Vivitrol is a monthly injection that he can take.Talk to your doctor about these medications.

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