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Advice on alcoholism

I have a very close friend who is an alcoholic and has been one for about 10 years.

He will go for months without touching a drop but then the urge gets too strong and he'll go out and get totally plastered. So much so that he once thought he had mortally wounded someone in a fight (turns out he didn't). He also once blew CHF 60,000 in one night at clubs and bars and could not remember how. He gets crazy when he is drunk, a completely different person to who he normally is.

For years I (as well as others) have warned him of his problem. He refused to take any advice (did try AA once but said it didnt help him) and I have finally accepted the fact that the only way he is going to get out of this is for him to hit rock bottom and lose everything and everyone who loves him.

It happened again this weekend and he has finally admitted to having a problem. He doesn't know how to deal with it. I don't know what advice to give him. He comes from a family full of raging alcoholics and substance abusers so it's something that hard-coded into him.

Any advice I could pass on would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
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