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Are you married to a female alcoholic?


I have counselled many men married to alcoholic women and I say the same thing, you can’t change your wife’s behavior by threatening to leave and taking the children or by screaming and smashing furniture. All you are doing is hurting yourself and crucifying your children’s mental health.

The alcoholic wife lapses into an alcoholic haze and comes back to reality when she’s ready. Threats are useless unless they are acted upon. Make a decision to leave then do it.

The alcoholic can use all the emotional blackmail they can muster up but once you have made up your mind, stick to it. Husbands are great enablers and actually contribute to their wife’s alcohol problem.  I know it’s hard to believe but anyone married to an alcoholic is often the culprit by enabling them to continue the insanity.

Have you ever watched Shattered Spirits by Martin Sheen? In the movie the wife is the enabler and Martin Sheen is the alcoholic but the emotions are the same. The wife takes the blame because she thinks if she was a better wife her husband wouldn’t drink so much. If the kids were better behaved, her husband would not have to turn to drink to calm his nerves. If there is an alcoholic in the family, everyone suffers.

If you are married to an alcoholic woman, you have a heart wrenching challenge. Marriage is supposed to be about two people sharing their lives with each other.  Alcoholism cuts one person off and creates an emotional black hole in the relationship. Take a look at the ways alcoholism can affect you, your children, and your wife.

She has the compulsion to do dangerous things and it’s out of your control.

Alcoholism is more than just drinking a lot of alcohol. It also involves a dangerous compulsion to keep drinking despite knowing the consequences. A compulsion is a strong urge to do something over and over.  Often this activity becomes dangerous and all-consuming when the compulsion takes over. Compulsion causes an alcoholic to drink high levels of alcohol which impairs judgment, releases inhibition, and heightens emotions. When she drinks this much, she does a lot of damage to her body.  She is also at risk for drunk driving, poor performance at work, and sabotaging family relationships.

An alcoholic woman is a poor marriage partner.  She is not likely to consider her husband’s needs, may spend money recklessly, may not communicate very well, and may not be very dependable. Perhaps in an intoxicated state she tells her in-laws some terrible things. She may act erratically at family events, cheat on her husband, steal from the family funds, or completely isolate herself in her home.

These circumstances can weigh heavily on a marriage. Your marriage may not survive unless you intervene and get help.

Instead of having a mature adult partner, a husband has a reckless child to care for.  Even the most patient spouses can have difficulty enduring this for long. Alcohol rehab can help a marriage get back on track, but there are no guarantees.

You need to protect your kids from the effects of alcoholism in the home. Anytime an alcoholic is left directly in charge of children, the danger level goes up.  Young children are at a much higher risk for neglect and injury.  They may be left in dirty diapers for long periods, not feed adequately, and allowed to roam through the house unsupervised. Do you have a pool? Even older children need supervision and guidance through their day.

Having an alcoholic parent in the home means they must learn to fend for themselves.  Kids grow up and leave their carefree childhood mindset behind long before they are ready.  This can lead to discipline problems and reckless behaviors.  If your wife is alcoholic, you need to protect your kids.  Learn how alcoholism is affecting them and do whatever you can to keep them safe.  Encouraging your wife to go to alcohol rehab or counselling by an addiction specialist, is a good start.

DUI arrests, problems staying focused at work, and financial difficulties may not be enough to make an alcoholic woman change her behaviors. Your marriage can erode before your eyes if she continues drinking. She needs support and encouragement to get help with her alcoholism. This isn’t a matter of willpower or being strong enough to handle it. Your alcoholic wife will have the best chance if you help her get started with specialist counselling today.  Alanon can emotionally support you during difficult times.

You can suggest to your wife that she takes a course of supplements but often alcoholics are in denial and this idea will be thrown out the window. I suggest you try for yourself some Tyrosine Mood Food to help you cope. Tyrosine is necessary for the manufacture of dopamine and noradrenaline, which are required for concentration, alertness, memory, focus, motivation and a happy, stable mood.  Magnesium will help you to reduce your stress levels and assist with a deep restful sleep.

You could purchase Dr. Cabot’s book: Fatty Liver – You Can Reverse It and leave it lying on the coffee table.  You never know, your wife might just read enough about her diseased liver to get help herself. One of my current patients found me by reading the fatty liver book because she did have a fatty liver and didn’t know how to fix it. You could also leave on the kitchen bench some LivaTone Shots, just in case your wife is suffering a hangover and her liver cells need some help from the toxic substance she has ingested. Her poor liver must need some respite.

If all else fails, contact me, Wendy, at counsellor@scoastnet.com.au or www.couragetochange.com.au and I will counsel you on how to deal with your wife’s unacceptable behavior.

The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different outcome.


  1. My wife, and I have been together a total of 20 years, married for 13. We have a 6 year old son. She has struggled with alcohol, and also pills for many years. She finally kicked the pills last year, but still continues to struggle to stay away from the booze. She had hit 8 months sober up until last month, and then she slipped. She was hospitalized 6 times in under 2 years between 2014 and 2016. It’s taken it’s toll on me, our son, and our marriage. I know she’s trying, and I do love her, and would hate to see the family split up, but at the same time I have very little faith that she’s going to stay sober, and I’m afraid this is going to be my life from here on out. We have been through 4 marriage counselors, so we’ve really tried. Not sure what to do at this point??

    • Hi Paul,

      We recommend you visit this website: http://www.couragetochange.com.au
      Dr Cabot recommends
      Livatone Plus 2 caps twice daily to improve liver function
      Tyrosine Pure Mood food as it is necessary for the production of the neurotransmitters dopamine and noradrenalin, which are required for concentration, alertness, memory and happy stable mood. Dopamine is required for reward and satisfaction, so would benefit someone who struggles with alcohol addiction.
      Magnesium Complete or Magnesium Ultra Potent powder to help your wife relax as it reduces stress, nervous tension, anxiety and sleeplessness.
      L-glutamine powder that allows the liver to detox and heal when liver inflammation is present.
      These supplements can be purchased here: https://shop.liverdoctor.com

      Kind Regards,
      Jessah Robinson

      Kind Regards,
      Jessah Robinson
      Nutritional Consultant for Liverdoctor.com

    • Hey Paul,

      Sorry to hear about your predicament. If I had to make a suggestion, I would attempt to get your wife into a treatment facility as soon as you can. Unfortunately, the disease of alcoholism affects the entire family, not just the individual who is drinking. This site really breaks down how the whole process works: https://www.ambrosiatc.com/rehab/?ambTRK=PR

      Good luck and God bless.

  2. I have a problem with a acoholic wife i have been advised to get her into a detox program and i have tried to talk sense to her She is going into detox on the second of february but i have been advised to let her drink and not to just stop it i have askd here to let me control the drinks at night and not drink during the day But she still goes out and buys alcohol when i am out at work and then lies to me when i find the alcohol. I have taken the debit cards off her but she will often find them and go and buy alcohol and she will verbaly abuse me and say it is ellegal and it is against the law and i cannot do that and when i ask if she as been drinking she always lies if when i have caught her drinking and she hides bottles of acohol all over the house

  3. Mywife drinks vodka and diet coke all the time .as soon as she gets home from work she goes to her room and starts and after a while she starts wanting to pick fights with me and when I ignore her well she starts on my girls well they are hers too but she knows when she starts on them that’s when I step in because she threatens to punch them and that I will not allow to happen.when I tell her that she needs to quit drinking she get mad and wants to start arguing and starts blaming me for stuff I had nothing to do with. When she’s drunk if you tell her that you can’t understand her she gets really pissed and then again its on.I don’t drink I stopped drinking in 2000 5 years before my first daughter was born and my 2nd daughter was born in 06 and I love them very dearly and they are starting to say that they hate her and they don’t want her around them so yeah I’ve got it bad and I’m at my wits end

    • Dear Ellis,

      I suggest you follow the suggestions in the above article, or perhaps email Wendy Perkins.
      Her email is counsellor@scoastnet.com.au.

      Kind Regards,
      Jessah Robinson
      Sales & Nutrition Consultant

    • Hey Ellis how is it going now? My story is a duplicate of yours except my girls were born in 1997 and 2001.

      The only two times in our 32 years of marriage that my wife took a break from drinking was during the 2 pregnancies.

      I quit alcohol for 6.5 years 1995- mid 2001. Worst thing I ever did was think I could handle it and start back. Drank heavier and heavier right along with wife from 2001- mid 2016
      Now that I have almost a year sober I can clearly see how awful she is to my girls. The have grown to hate seeing her come home from work for all the same reasons your girls have.

      If you ever check in here I would like to know what your situation is now.

      Thanks for sharing I don’t feel quite so alone in the world after reading your post

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