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Hello. Is it true that if a spouse knows their husband is drinking

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Hello. Is it true that if a spouse knows their husband is drinking and driving that she could tell the physician who could then order the person into an inpatient rehab?Thanks
Hi--one question first--has the husband been confronted about his drinking problem?
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Yes, he goes to AA and his wife confronts him but he says if she doesn't like it, she can leave.

OK--of course the physician should be brought into the mix here but all he could do is speak to the patient and evaluate him, but he couldn't Baker Act or order the patient into a psychiatric ward for evaluation unless he could document that the patient was a danger either to himself or to others. The other option for the wife would be to notify the police as to where the husband is while he is driving while impaired so he could be pulled over and arrested for a DUI. That at least could get the ball rolling to get him into rehab treatment.
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