His wife left long ago and he's been alone since. He watches TV evenings and weekends. Once or twice a year he'll attend a movie - by himself.
He has little contact with his children or grandchildren. The closest thing he has to friends is the people he works with. But even then, he doesn't socialize with them because they're married or have girlfriends. He feels out of place.
There's sadness in his voice as he tells of turning down their invitations for a barbecue or a trip to the lake.
He began paying attention to his drinking after he'd wake up in the night and drink himself back to sleep.
He hasn't had a DUI or lost a job over drinking. But he knows something's wrong when his existence is about beer and his job.
He’s tired of filling the void in his life with alcohol and isn't sure about where to start.
So I give him some suggestions.