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bf is alcoholic w/ stomach problems, not sure where to start

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My bf of 2 years is a functional alcoholic. I would say he drinks about a half gallon of whiskey every week. He is very functional, has a great job, and the alcohol doesn't change his personality at all. He has to take a couple of shots of whiskey in the morning to rid the jitters. He has the shakes really bad if he doesn't have any whiskey in him...

The past couple of weeks he has felt really nauseated when he wakes up, and has thrown up a couple of times this week and last. He often complains about his stomach and chugs Pepto-Bismol like its fruit punch.

He does want to get help but doesn't know where to start. Should he make an appt to see a medical doctor or a psychiatrist? If he sees an MD, should he get tests run on his stomach issues? He is also worried about using his insurance for alcohol abuse because he works at a prestigious employer and he is afraid they will somehow find out, or that his insurance will drop him afterwards.

Just not really sure where to start. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Concerned gf.
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