Anger and Irritability in my husband's behaviourWed, Sep 17th 2008
My husband over the past 6 years has gone through what he calls "phases" where he drinks daily for about 5 months. He is 32 and hangs around with 20 year-olds mainly, claiming they have the same interests. He has drank and drove, more than once, and with his child in the vehicle. He becomes angry and irritable daily mostly with myself, his wife. He recently threw our keys and his cell phone off of a staff cruise ship party for his work, and spent over 120 dollars on alcohol on the boat. He has barely any recollection of the evening. Since, he has not had a drink, not that I'm aware of, in 4 days. He is very hostile. he yells, doesn't eat right, won't talk to me, and wants this 20 year old lad over constantly, claiming the boy is his friend. We have some solid friends together, and some of our own, too. He thinks he may be bipolar and need medication. Can you help us?
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