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Not only is the mental and physical well-being of the drinker at risk; the marriage relationship and family unit can be significantly affected.
Experts call these people “functional” or “high-functioning" alcoholics You can still be one even though you have a great “outside life,” with a job that pays well, home, family, friendships, and social bonds, says Sarah Allen Benton, a licensed mental health counselor and author of .
Although it’s now officially called “alcohol use disorder,” you’ll still hear a lot of people talking about “alcoholism” or “alcohol abuse.” It's a condition that ranges from mild to moderate to severe.
"But it is clear from the legislation and the National Carers Strategy that people who take care of problem drinkers should be recognised as carers," he says.
You have legal rights as a carer if you provide regular and substantial unpaid care for someone who may be entitled to community care services.