A loved one drinks alcohol heavily on a regular basis. We only recently discovered this when he moved closer to family. We knew he drank socially and would drink after work at the bar or at home, but did not realize he also drinks pretty steadily all day even on his days off. I try to be understanding, because he has been going through a rough time. He has been underemployed for a while, broke up with his long term significant other, and had to move away from his close friends. When we approached him about his drinking habits, he refused to acknowledge that he drinks more than the average person. I'm also concerned that he may do other drugs as well. Our family wants to cheer him up and get him back on track, but we don't know where to start. Addiction runs in our family. How do we determine whether or not he is dealing with an addiction? What is the best way to communicate with him on this?