Well first off I want you all to know I know absolutely nothing about bipolar and don't pretend to, I only have come here for a little advice or knowledge.
My housemate when he moved in seemed like a great guy and I honestly think he still is one of the kindest people I know and I respect him a lot. However the past 3 or so months have been hard on everyone in the house not because he is labeled bipolar but because of when get gets drunk (I really wouldn't of know he was bipolar if he didn't get drunk). He told us/me he had bipolar not long after he moved in and I was thinking, yeah thats cool, it's just a seriouse case of random depression. Well I have learned thats it's not and can be tougher than the general public are aware. So heres my problem.
The past 3 months he randomly drinks for days on end and just walks around doing "stuff" all night, till like 5 am making a lot of noise and even sometimes does it all again the next day (like today). When he does get drunk he gets unimaginably depressed and says some extremely morbid things. Frankly sometimes he just flat out scares me and then he remembers none of it the next day. It happens quite often so somethings gotta give. I don't know what to do which is why i come here, and I just don't want to walk away from the problem. I'm not asking for a solution but for advice on the matter. I have actually asked him to slow down drinking and to stop drinking on a regular basis and he gave me two replies somewhere along these lines; "Why can't I drink? I can drink if I want" and "Drinking is the only way for me to escape." While I didn't bring it up to him does anyone else think those responses are insane?
I want to make it clear I only have a problem when his drinking, so don't get the idea his an !**@!. His probably the highest person on my list for having time for people and patience.
I was hoping some people could give their own opinions as this is the place for it and then I can make up my mind on how to approach the matter.