How to Deal with an Alcoholic RoommateJuly 8th, 2011 by Staff Writer
If you live with someone that has a drinking problem, you must know how to deal with an alcoholic roommate.
Dealing with an Alcoholic Roommate
If your roommate is an alcoholic who often gets aggressive and violent, it would be right on your part to insist that he should stop drinking if he wants to continue living on the premises. Talk to the person and about the problem and express your concerns. You must ensure that your roommate pays the bills so that you are not encumbered with all the expenses. Alcoholics often find it difficult to hold down a job, and if this is the case, they have trouble meeting their financial obligations. Never try to cover up for the person’s actions or make excuses for an alcoholic roommate. At the same time, don’t feel guilty or blame yourself for the problem.
What You Should Do
If possible, it’s best to terminate the arrangement and find another roommate to share your apartment and expenses with. If your roommate’s violent behavior is a cause of concern, it’s best to not show that you’re frightened as this can give the alcoholic a sense of power and control over you. Instead, you should approach the police and advise them of your concerns so that they can take appropriate steps to safeguard you. You can also approach neighbors and let them know the situation so that they can help you should the need arise.
In the future, before taking on a roommate, you should ask for references and call them to verify the prospective roommate’s habits and background. You should also enter into a sublease that allows immediate termination for unacceptable behavior.