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Tell Me About It: My alcoholic father’s actions have made me a social outcast

When I was very young I realised that my father was an alcoholic. Stock image: Thinkstock

When I was very young I realised that my father was an alcoholic. Stock image: Thinkstock

Question: I grew up in living in a relatively middle-class city suburb. I didn’t have any siblings and throughout my childhood my parents were hardworking and dedicated to giving me the best start possible.

When I was very young I realised that my father was an alcoholic, he would go to business meetings several evenings a week and arrive home late very drunk. The weekends would follow a very similar pattern when he would spend both Saturdays and Sundays at the golf club. I suspect little time was ever actually spent on the course.

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