Alcoholism increases ill-health of partners in live-in relationships
This report is somewhat obvious to many women but sometimes it is reassuring to know there are others also suffering.
Violence by alcoholic men toward their partners is common, especially on the days men drink; rates have been estimated at 50% to 65% in those starting alcoholism treatment.
Cohabitating women are the victims of violent crime or multiple injuries, mood and anxiety disorders, and fair or poor health. The risks were two to three times higher in these women than in partners of men without alcohol problems.
Women with a partner with alcohol problems experienced 46% more negative life events, and they rated their psychological and physical quality of life 11% lower, than did women without partner alcohol problems.
Reference; Dawson DA et al. The impact of partner alcohol problems on women’s physical and mental health. J Stud Alcohol 2007 Jan; 68:66-75.
- People in alcoholic relationships need to put their own their children’s safety first.
If an alcoholic continues to drink it will get worse, never better.
You can help an alcoholic, but one needs to become aware of many aspects of the disease first. Al-anon will be able to help.