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Although I hadn't responded earlier, I've kept a close eye to the advice you gentlemen have given. Thank you, it's greatly appreciated.
I mentioned having grand kids over a few pints on the first day, told him he better not be dead by the time they come. His face lit up as I mentioned grand kids. That and the mention of my intent of playing the violin, he used to play all the time, busking, at home, after and before shifts. He has a shit telly that cuts out audio frequently, having read your comment, I made him a deal that I'll buy him a new telly if he teaches me some Bach on the violin. Caught him tuning it back up a few times. Thanks for the suggestion, I hope he's rediscovered the rabbit hole.
Thank you for the information mate, insightful.
While cleaning up stuff in my Dad's flat he told me that I've been a bit of a wake up call. He's been neglectent to have me around for some time dodging calls and ignoring people. after mentioning that I'm coming regardless of his permission, he started moving a bit.
After 6 month period of alcohol induced insomnia, he ended up losing his job of 8 years. I've been with him to create a new CV, and hes looking to work in a new field. Things appear to be on the up, let's hope he sees it through. Thanks again.
No need to apologies, I like straight talkers. Thanks for the advice, we're taking it into effect. He's currently on 7 cans a day, we're going to get it down to 5 a day. We started at 15 and it has been less than a week. Once at 5 a day, we're going to shut down one day a week, then two and so on. The effect on his body has been brutal turmoil, hope it gets easier. Thank you for the response.
That's my biggest concern, he appears and claims to be working on it, but I can't be sure that it's going to stick when I'm gone.
While away I'll be phoning him daily to see how he's getting on.
An area of concern is the social life he's built, he frequents several pubs and he's a recognised character. Drinking in these pubs is the current highlight of his life. Plenty of lads call him "The balancer" because he diffuses fights and arguments.
I'm not sure how easy it will be for him to quit the habit while spending time in the place that supplies him.
Thanks again for the helps guys. This has been a hell of a learning experience. I appreciate any input. The human condition is crazy complex.