DEAR DEIDRE: I DON’T know how to help my alcoholic mum and it’s affecting me mentally.
Since Dad died two years ago, she’s always got a drink in her hand.
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I’ve found her unconscious numerous times, and she’s had several stays in intensive care.
I’ve tried to hide the booze and recommended local support groups but she isn’t ready to face it yet.
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I’m constantly worrying about her and started having panic attacks. I’m 16.
DEIDRE SAYS: This, and the recent loss of your dad, is a lot for you to deal with.
You have tried your very best to help your mum but your efforts will only work if she wants to help herself.
Contact Al-Anon (al-anonuk.org.uk, 020 7403 0888), which supports the families of those with an alcohol problem.
I am sending you my support pack Coping With Panic Attacks.
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