There are many reasons why married couples decide to opt for a divorce, and alcohol dependency is one of them; let’s take a closer look to find out more.
Studies have shown that alcohol is the number one addictive substance in the United States. Studies have also shown that it is one of the causes of divorce. Law Office of Dorene A. Kuffer and other child custody law firms in Albuquerque may agree that divorce is a big problem in marriages with minor children, where the spouse is reluctant to talk about the problem in the open for fear of hurting or traumatizing the children.
In the past few years, there has been a gradual increase in the number of divorces where one spouse claims that the other is abusing alcohol. The fact that a person has a drink every day doesn’t make him/her an alcoholic. But if the said person has a dependency on alcohol that plays havoc with the spouse and the family, and if the person has no control over their intake or if alcohol is taking its toll on interpersonal relationships, it is alcoholism.
One of the primary problems with alcoholism is that it’s the pink elephant in the room; the monster in the closet that no one wants to talk about. If there are minor children in the marriage, this is even more so. When the monster in the closet can no longer be contained, the spouse faces proving in court the same problem that he or she had helped hide. The alcoholic’s spouse will also face a huge feeling of guilt when he or she considers divorce as an alternative. Often, all the spouse wants is for the alcoholic to seek help and restore their relationships. Since that is easier said than done, the spouse needs to make sure that if the alcoholic doesn’t take steps to seek help, the spouse need to safeguard the children and themselves.