For nearly the last seventeen months, my wife has been consuming approximately 21 liters of vodka per month (approx 5.5 gallons) steadily in a highly diluted solution. Ostensibly, she claims it helps 'relax her leg muscles'; she had surgery for a massive multiple fracture of the right tib & fib, and apparently the muscles would sieze up.
Last year, she had a catastrophic reaction to several pain meds, which made her somewhat psychotic. She has managed to clear that from her body, but the self-dosing on vodka continued throughout, and goes on today.
The after-effects of that nightmare last year, and her gruesome experience with the EMTs the night of the break, the paltry excuse of an Orthopedic surgeon, and the laissez-faire attitude of the ward nurses at the hospital have given her a horror and contempt for organized medicine, which complicates endlessly any inroads I might make about seeking actual medical help for her ills (both the leg issues, and the insomnia/fatigue/despression which are exacerbated by the alcohol).
I have confronted her about this, and she says she will come down off of it (I agree that Cold Turkey right now would do much more harm than good). Nonetheless, I have also reiterated that she has a problem, and until she admits it and does something about it, she is never going to truly have a chance to combat the insomnia she complains of nearly constantly, and she will never be truly herself.
How much harm is this consumption rate doing? Where can I find documntation to support my cry of alarum? She is an academic of immense skill and intelligence; I cannot hope to sway her mind with anything less than compelling evidence.
I love her deeply, passionately, and more (I think) than she appreciates right now, and I suspect that I will be perceived as the 'monster' she thought I was last year, durring her drug-addled state.