Schizophrenia and drinking beer

Rena Community Member December 29, 2007
  • My son is 33 years old. He has schizophrenia and he drinks 4-8 beers a night and then at midnight takes his medication. I can deal with the mental illness. I have taught family to family classes and had a support group in the past, but, I can't deal with the drinking. He doesn't get mean or anything, he just starts talking to everyone around him and saying things that doesn't make sense. I have dealt with his illness since 1996, and I am just tired and worn thin. I do not have any other help, his 2 sisters try to avoid him, his dad is not of any help whatsoever. His dad says he drinks to get rid of the voices. When I ask my son why he drinks he says because he likes the taste.  On weekends when he has his 10 yr. old daughter, he doesn't drink at all, but, Sun. night it's a 8-9 beer night. I am frustrated and he doesn't want me to talk to him about it.  He says he enjoys it and he is ok, that he doesn't have a problem. His Dr. has told him he should not drink, but he does anyway. I have been to alenon also. His mental illness is very well controlled when he is not drinking. Yes, he takes his medication as prescribed without a problem.  Help with any suggestions would be appreciated.

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  • Anonymous
    JM
    Feb. 08, 2008
    15% of all schizophrenics comit suicide in the first 5 years of diagnosis. When we get tired of making so much sense to ourselves that it confuses people less intelligent than ourselves we bowl the cricket the cricket ball straight at the middle stump and sleep like babies. My recommendation is to make sure the drinks are limited to at least average consumption...
    RHMLucky777
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    15% of all schizophrenics comit suicide in the first 5 years of diagnosis. When we get tired of making so much sense to ourselves that it confuses people less intelligent than ourselves we bowl the cricket the cricket ball straight at the middle stump and sleep like babies. My recommendation is to make sure the drinks are limited to at least average consumption depending on the level of stress and the required amount of enebriation to deal with the horrors of consistently being stigmatised, shunned, jobless, without family and being called a loser because schizophrenics are highly intelligent and deserve PROPER medication and treatment not to be treated as though they are societies throw aways, in a dead end world of fast money, flat wages and timed jobs. The truth is society cannot keep up with their mind, and hence does not undersatnd his inconsistency as a mindless drone. He had a beautiful you left a beautiful smile.
  • f8ed4music
    Dec. 29, 2007
    Hi Rena... I can relate to your problem. My mom, who has schizoaffective disorder, went through a period of about 5 years when she became an alcoholic. I honestly don't know how much she drank because she did a really good job hiding it from my dad and me and her problem started out with beer and later went onto harder liquors like whiskey, etc. At the...
    RHMLucky777
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    Hi Rena... I can relate to your problem. My mom, who has schizoaffective disorder, went through a period of about 5 years when she became an alcoholic. I honestly don't know how much she drank because she did a really good job hiding it from my dad and me and her problem started out with beer and later went onto harder liquors like whiskey, etc. At the time, my dad was still alive and he finally got fed up and told my mom that if she didn't stop drinking he was leaving her. I guess it scared her enough to stop but it was NOT easy. There were several setbacks. Dad has been gone for 5 1/2 years now and I STILL make a STRONG stand about her not drinking. When she was still driving some, she would sneak it in from time to time, but since she's gotten too afraid to drive, that hasn't been a problem. I don't know if your son lives with you or not, but if he does, all I can really suggest to you is that you take a stand on the drinking and let him know that you will not tolerate it, but of course, I don't know how he would react to your determined stance and I don't know how far you are willing to go in the "tough love" department to make it stop or make him go until he stops. In my mom's case, the alcohol was a form of self-medication so his father could be very right on about that and him telling you he likes the taste, just an excuse. Keep seeking help because with the medications they take for schizophrenia, they definately don't need to be drinking. Best of luck to you.
    • Rena
      Dec. 29, 2007
      Thanks. Yes, he does live with me. He just moved back in with me last Aug. When he lived on his own it was worse at least now he doesn't drink as much or the hard stuff. But, I will try some tough love stuff that is a good idea.
    • f8ed4music
      Dec. 29, 2007
      Glad to help Rena. My dad was notorious for pouring the stuff out when mom brought it in. Not knowing if your son has a tendency towards violence, I suggest that hesitantly. Maybe telling him first, "If you bring it into my house, I will pour it out" and seeing how he reacts to that will let you know how to proceed. But whatever you do, keep letting...
      RHMLucky777
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      Glad to help Rena. My dad was notorious for pouring the stuff out when mom brought it in. Not knowing if your son has a tendency towards violence, I suggest that hesitantly. Maybe telling him first, "If you bring it into my house, I will pour it out" and seeing how he reacts to that will let you know how to proceed. But whatever you do, keep letting him know you are doing it because you love him and want a better life for him. :) Hang in there.
    • Rena
      Dec. 29, 2007
      Thanks, I am trying to.