DEAR BILLY GRAHAM: I think my husband may have a problem with alcohol. Hell go for weeks with just a few drinks a day, but then hell go on a binge and be wiped out for several days. Should this concern me? R.S.
By BILLY GRAHAM
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DEAR R.S.: Yes, it definitely should concern you and your husband, as well. Your husbands binge drinking proves that hes not in control. The Bible warns that a man is a slave to whatever has mastered him (2 Peter 2:19).
Talk frankly with your husband about this problem and urge him to face his need for help to overcome it. If you need other family members or friends to join with you, dont be ashamed to ask them. Sometimes alcoholics will admit their need for help only if others confront them directly and demand they seek help. Your pastor or doctor should be able to direct you to organizations that may be able to assist him.
I also urge you to turn to God for the wisdom, help and patience you need. Pray for your husband, and encourage him to open his heart and life to Christs transforming power.
Dont assume that your husband will get better on his own. He probably wont. But God is able to heal the hurt in his heart that hes trying to numb with alcohol, and with your prayers and encouragement it can happen.
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