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Mary's Story

Mary W.

Mary had never seen signs of alcoholism in her husband. She saw nothing strange in his behavior. He was a cheerful businessman who was a great dad to his kids. However, around the year 20, Mary noticed that her husband, Dan, was out late on weekdays and returned home at various times. Mary would sit at home worried about when her husband would come home. When he did return, he smelled of alcohol and his speech was slurred.

The drinking made Dan violent. At one time he hit Mary after she pleaded to him to stop drinking. The abuse would continue on for a month until Mary ran away from her marriage to seek help. However, Dan continued to drink resulting in his death a year later. Mary is now living in a safer environment with her kids.

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