Alcoholism Transfering To Food

by Barbara Glackin
(Moraine, Ohio, Montogomery)

My alcoholic son is not drinking but obsessing on and consuming lots of food. What can I do?


You can't do much to stop him from compulsive overeating, because much like drinking, he'll get what he wants no matter what you say. This is emotional eating.

Drinking relieved his anxiety and when he was drinking, it took the edge off. Right now, he's transferred his anxiety into food, however, it only provides temporary relief and then he needs more.

Your son can be helped with anti-anxiety medication and counseling. His compulsive over-eating is a symptom of other issues.

Recommend that he gets help.


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