Monday, January 14, 2013

How to confront your alcoholic parent(s)

Did you know that 2.5 million U.S. adults over the age of 65, nearly 17%, have alcohol abuse problems?

While a large group of these adults have been excessively drinking for many years, nearly 40% become alcoholic late in life. Their alcoholism may have been triggered by changes in their lives such as reduced income, retirement, death of a loved one, loneliness, worries about health and problems going to sleep.

As people get older, the absorption rate of alcohol goes up so they become intoxicated much faster than when they were young.

When alcohol is combined with medications, there can be many adverse reactions and even a small amount can impair coordination, judgement and reaction time increasing the risks for accidents at home, work or while driving.

Children of alcoholic parents are increasing finding themselves in the situation where they feel compelled to do something about their parent or parents' drinking. 

This is not easy, of course. Where do you start, what do you say?

The video above, produced by the Huffington Post tries to answer these questions. It delves into this topic and discusses the best intervention options. Host Nancy Redd is joined by Jeff Jay, co-author of "Love First: A Family's Guide to Intervention"; Julie Bowden, a therapist and co-author of "Recovery: A Guide for Adult Children of Alcoholics"; Erin Harkes, a singer/songwriter; and psychotherapist Wendy Foreman.

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