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As you already seem to know, that is not true. Towards the end of your E. There is nothing about introversion or extroversion that guarantees much of anything. You see, it goes something like this: So, I must hide this. However, some of these people will get into long term relationships but abandom them later. You do not go that far. There are also those people who fear becoming dependent upon another person.
They either believe that they should be able to fend for themselves throughout life or that they could become exploited by a man. There are many other possible factors such as child abuse, rape, trauma, etc. Psychotherapy with someone who is skillful in helping people with these types of relationship problems. I've worked with ex-felons, with recovering addicts, with people who've put children up for adoption Especially the stuff that doesn't involve a pattern of violence or abuse of others.
Bad choices right now - especially current uncontrolled addiction or current criminal activity - are a huge deal, in my book. Personally I would not be involved with anyone who is actively using, and I'd be deeply reluctant to be involved with someone who hasn't been demonstrably clean and participating actively in recovery for at least a year or so.
The lying, the blowing you off to recover from an all-night bender, the hanging out with questionable friends: They don't have to be deal-breakers for you. But I consider them to be deeply bad signs, and the "just trust me" response seems nowhere near adequate.
People grow and change, and it's not like you were observing his behavior then. His behavior now is alarming enough all by itself. I am sort of appalled you put "has never had a long-term relationship" first then and phrased all the addiction stuff as "other concerns.
There are plenty of people who don't get into relationships with long term intents till later in their lives. The method of questioning whether he loved them or not comes off as trying to make a suggestion that his minimal experience is some sort of cheap thrill for him and he shouldn't consider these important at all. That is really not for you to decide, but they were noteworthy for him to consider replying in that way. You can put a check on emotional immaturity.
As with his drinking problem, that is the same thing. He can only do for himself. Does it require you in the picture? You sound like you are looking toward a LT commitment. This ain't the guy. At Al-Anon meetings, my mom learned that many alcoholics are emotionally underdeveloped because the drinking stunts their ability to grow and take notice of things.
Over the years, that snowballs. But more importantly, I totally agree with what Cool Papa Bell says about "rearranging the deck chairs. And if that can't be resolved, I would bounce.
The guy's in his 20's, he could have easily felt like he was in love with someone after 3 months. And three sexual partners by age 28 is more than a lot of people have. It seems like this relationship is about to end, anyway. You gave him an ultimatum to stop his excessive drinking, which, c'mon, alcohol and its associated lifestyle is addictive, you knew he couldn't do it. Just cut him loose. Be glad you got out of it after only 10 months.
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I've had three relationships that have lasted longer than a few months. Two of those didn't last a year, and the third was abusive. As far as I know, I'm not irreparably damaged or anything. Also, I'm inclined to take your boyfriend's claim that he loved these people as a good thing rather than a sign of immaturity or a problem. This is all me and I don't know if it reflects your experience at all, but in my experience I've run into a lot more hetero men who hold up the idea of Love as this mythical state of absolute bliss, reserved only for like maybe one person in your entire life and never to be actually spoken about on pain of permanent emasculation.
Of course you can love someone you've been with for three months. Love isn't a unicorn. Does he say that he loves you? Does he do it willingly and voluntarily? Stop looking for things to worry about. The binge drinking sounds a little immature, but I feel like 28 is the age where a lot of people look around and realize they're stuck in the rhythm of their early 20's, and maybe they're a little old to be doing shots and drunk dialing people.
However, this is his journey to figure out, and if you're not cool with it, your only real recourse is to get out of the situation. Calling you drunk at I don't know that I'd call it "alcoholic", but again if it's happening a lot it just sounds like a non-sustainable thing for you.
You get to decide what kind of behavior is acceptable from your partner. If "being drunk before noon" or "blowing me off to drink with your friends" isn't cool, then it isn't cool.
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You don't need pathology or rules or anyone's permission not to be OK with that. So I don't find it strange at all that he was able to tell you that he loved his prior girlfriends but might have difficulty expressing his love for you.
Nobody here could ever answer this question for you. He has made it past 3 months with you. Why doesn't that count? However, form the way you talk about him, I suspect there are lots of other things going on, and you probably aren't a very good match for him. Those are pretty specific numbers. And this isn't like work history where inability to hold jobs for longer than 6 months is a flag. But I think you buried the lede here.
I agree that unless it was Patrick's Day or some other drinking holiday, that would make me feel concerned. I would back away. He's not going to change unless he wants to change for him. You can't change him or make him change. Perhaps you should repeat that to yourself a few times. I think you should be grateful that he has answered your probing questions with honesty. I don't think you two are such a good match. Rearranging chairs - agreed. I guess this is all a culmination of the things that have been irking me lumped into one post.
I guess the MAIN thing bothering me about the sparse dating history is that we never discussed it, so I was left to do a lot of guessing. Maybe it's unusual to want to know someone's history, but I feel like it's somewhat important. To this day he's never asked me anything about my past. His refraining from talking about it makes me feel almost as if he's hiding something, I guess. The drinking is far more hurtful, especially since I have alcoholics in my family that have almost died from their substance abuse.
Boyfriend in question can't drive because he drove drunk, blacked out, and woke up in jail. Knowing this, and experiencing his behavior which also included him hugging up on a waitress when he kept drinking and doing shots at the barhas left me dumbfounded as to why no one has helped him before. I am willing to give him another chance to right his wrongs being blown off by someone who is drunk so they can continue to drink really hurtsbut if my offering to help him overcome the problem by assisting in finding a therapist, etc.
I really hate that he's this old and is stuck in this unhealthy pattern. Calling me on my cell when I'm at work at I don't want to make excuses for someone, but really, I'm just so confused. If I were on a first date and someone disclosed this to me, I wouldn't necessarily think them "damaged" but it would be a red flag. I would wonder why. It's acting like you need some concrete reason to have a problem, something you can point at and justify when people or, especially, him ask what was wrong and why you broke up.
Repeat that over and over to yourself. If it doesn't feel right, and something bothers you, you don't have to put your finger on it for it to matter. I feel like women are taught to doubt their feelings to the point that if they can't rules-lawyer out why exactly they feel the way they do, and what they have a problem with then it's invalid hysterical bullshit or something along those lines that they're not allowed to take seriously.
Relationships are about feelings. If it just doesn't feel right, you don't need to wait for some concrete reason to dump him.
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The fact that you even felt the need to make this post says volumes. Not to even get in to the fact that the drinking is more than enough of a reason anyways. Do you know what you want out of a relationship? Based on what you wrote, it sounds like you want the following in order to feel trust, safety, and emotional intimacy that would help you build what would be, for you, a healthy relationship: What I read is your engaging with someone who is clearly not able to function in an adult relationship.
You're too good, grown, and otherwise for this folderol. In the words of spitbull, "Ditch with extreme prejudice and from orbit.
I don't think you want it with him. The growing is a hard thing, and noticing what is and is not okay, and creating clear boundaries, are learned sometimes messily. Your pausing to consider this situation is giving you an out.
Take it, listen to yourself, and look at what makes you vulnerable to someone like him, and figure out how to change your taste in men. We honor the other person by honoring ourselves, sometimes by evicting ourselves from the situation entirely. It doesn't mean you'll be lonely forever.
Relationships don't have to suck the life-force out of us. They can be fun, they can be enjoyable, and they can actually make your life better. Pick the ones that do, and be wary of your and other people's motivations for being drawn to or staying with the ones that aren't. I think you know you don't want to be in a relationship with an alcoholic -- you don't want to be a caretaker of an alcoholic -- but it hurts because you like him and have been together a while.
That's the only extent to which the length of his previous relationships is important. It doesn't work that way. Stopping an alcoholic is like trying to stop a train on foot, you just can't. You can beg and scream and huff and puff but they can just ignore you or write you out of their life. It just don't work that way, sadly. Yeah, you are WAY burying the lede, here. Your boyfriend has a drinking problem.
There is nothing you can do to make this not true. There is nothing you can do to make him get help, or quit drinking, or make him behave in ways that aren't triggering for you. If he's not working towards changing this part of himself on his own terms, you probably should end it just because the "has a storied past with alcoholics" and "is currently an alcoholic" doesn't really mesh well as a relationship dynamic.
The drinking is a separate issue. So, I think you really, really need to grow up about the relationship history thing. Different people go through things in different stages of life.
In her eyes, you're a huge slut who clearly has emotional issues, and in your eyes, she clearly has emotional attachment issues. Do you get what I'm saying here? Stop judging males or females based on their relationship history or lack thereof. In the same vein, some people want to talk about their past and some don't likely for fear of someone as immature as you judging them about their past.
My husband has never been interested in knowing my history and I've had no desire to tell him. We both trust each other and know that if there was some huge thing from our pasts, we would've talked about it by now. It's just how it is for us. Different people are comfortable with different things. So yeah, my point is that you really, really need to grow up about that and stop judging people because it will get you nowhere fast.
That is all, however, besides the point. Your boyfriend has an alcohol problem and that is obviously the underlying issue, NOT his relationship history. Stop making excuses, and see it for what it is. If you're uncomfortable with his alcohol consumption, don't make it about something else entirely. Why are you still with this guy? You can't single handedly fix him. I don't believe it should be considered a red flag as some have suggested.
However, the excessive drinking is a problem. You should demand he seek help and improve his behavior and terminate the relationship if he does not comply within a reasonable time.
He does not have a "slight" alcohol abuse problem. Makes it seem like you could maybe stand to stop dating him or anyone for a good while and fill that time with some Al-Anon meetings. I have always had a very low tolerance for substance users, never mind substance abusers, but I always found myself to be in the minority in my strict policy of "no drugs, no alcohol. But is he ready? Many of these men have trouble maintaining long term relationships.
Many of them are prone to binge drinking. This is pretty common. He is not necessarily incapable of long term relationships. And while he may have some risk factors for alcoholism, I'd raise an eyebrow at people ready to tell you he was an alcoholic from what you have said, as this would indicate positively catastrophic alcoholism rates for single guys under 30 who hang out in bars. What all of this quite likely could indicate is that the guy has some growing up to do.
Only you or maybe someone trusted there on the ground with you can really tell if that growing up has an appreciable chance of happening before he torpedoes the relationship.