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  1. Hi new family, My father was diagnosed with PD 7 years ago at the age of 45. Over the years, I have noticed that he has been turning to alcohol to “self medicate”. He was pushed out of his company and forced to retire early about 3 years ago, and this is when I began to notice the largest change in his drinking habits. By no means does he wake up at 9am and crack open a cold one, but he drinks daily. The drinks range from a couple of beers to 4 or 5 large vodka drinks. In social situations, he is not able to pace himself to match those around him and often ends up making my mom and I uncomfortable, leaving us to cover any awkward situations such as irrelevant comments, etc. My dad and I have had a wonderful relationship and I have reached out to him numerous times regarding th situation. He is always defensive, stating that he feels better when he drinks, that it helps relieve some of his symptoms, and that others just simply can’t understand. He explains that he wants to live and do what he wants. I can’t begin to imagine how he feels day to day, and It all breaks my heart. I suggest he speak to a professional about it, but he refuses. I am getting married in a month, and I am more worried about my dad drinking too much and doing something foolish than anything else. I love him dearly, but I am worried for his long term physical and mental health. I’m also worried about our relationship. He’s always been my best friend, but as time goes on it is harder and harder to have a healthy relationship. Does anyone have any experiences similar to this one, or any advice? Thank you!