Feeling like your partner drinks too much can create a lot of tension and upset in a relationship.
You may feel like your partner is being taken away from you – both literally and figuratively. Perhaps you resent the amount of time they spend out drinking and feel like they’re a completely different person when they’ve been drinking.
Perhaps you don’t know how to broach the topic with them – or maybe you have and it’s not gone how you would like. Maybe they’ve accused you of nagging them, or they disagree that there’s a problem at all.
For many couples, this type of issue can bubble beneath the surface for years before becoming a real point of contention.
A note on violence
If your partner is ever violent when they drink, this is completely unacceptable. If this is something you are worried about, call the National Domestic Violence Helpline on 0808 2000 247 if you are a woman. Their all-female staff will be able to provide you with confidential support and can provide information on local refuges. Men can call the Men’s Advice Line on 0808 8010 327. They operate a confidential, national service.