While alcoholism can affect both men and women, today we speak about how alcoholism of men affects their wives. There are many harmful ways that alcoholism will affect the wives in these situations. If you are in this situation, know that there are things you can do about it. You don’t have to stay stuck in an alcoholic situation.
Seldom Have Friends Over
According to Chapter 8 of the Big Book, wives of alcoholics seldom have friends over. They may be embarrassed by how their husband might act or worried they might have to explain what their husband has been up to. Instead of being put into one of these situations, women often just avoid having their friends over in the first place.
Don’t Schedule Social Engagements
In addition to seldom having friends over, wives of alcoholics don’t schedule social engagements either. They are afraid they might have to cancel because they need to go pick up their husband from the bar. They might also be embarrassed that they can’t truthfully explain what their husband is doing, instead of him coming to the social engagement, too. In addition, their husband may come out and drink too much, causing even more embarrassment.
These are some of the ways that alcoholism often affects wives of alcoholics. If you are in this type of situation, know that you are not alone. There are groups you can join that support wives or loved ones of alcoholics. In these groups, you can learn how to better handle these situations.