My boyfriend believes that he cannot do without alcohol on a daily basis. Be it beer, brandy or whisky, if he doesn't get a quarter a day, he says his stomach feels restless. Can alcohol consumption over many years lead to actual system changes where his stomach actually burns when he doesn't drink? Or is it purely psychological? I've tried getting him to cut down to a quarter every two three days but to no avail. Should we consult a doctor or a counselor? His behavior shows no strong signs of an alcoholic. If anything he simply becomes more calm and mellow post drinking. What should I make of all this?