If an alcoholic becomes violent, it is important to prioritize your safety and seek help immediately. Here are some steps you can take:
Get to a safe place: If possible, leave the area and get to a safe place, such as a locked room or a public area.
Call for help: Call 911 or your local emergency services immediately if you feel threatened or in danger.
Avoid confrontation: Do not try to reason or argue with the person, as this may escalate the situation.
Seek support: Reach out to family, friends, or a support group, such as Al-Anon, for emotional support and guidance on how to proceed.
Consider a professional intervention: If the person’s drinking is causing harm to themselves or others, consider a professional intervention to help them seek treatment.
Encourage treatment: When the person is sober and stable, encourage them to seek treatment for their alcoholism. Offer to help them find resources and support them through the process.
Remember that violence related to alcoholism is a serious issue and should be addressed immediately. Get to a safe place, call for help, avoid confrontation, seek support, consider a professional intervention, and encourage treatment for the person’s alcoholism.