May 1998

Alcoholic set to battle old demons

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DEAR DR. WOLKOFF:

I am a 43-year-old alcoholic man. I drank every day for 24 years. Toward the end, my eyes were always yellow and my hands shook. I had to quit my job.

My parents and one brother are alcoholics, too, and two of my mother's three brothers died from complications of alcoholism.

I was brought up in an environment of poverty and fear in which my father would beat up my mother. Somehow, though, I finished university and received my teaching certificate.