I have a pal who's ex Army and suffering from depression. I've known him for over 20 years and we've climbed mountains together, trecked, travelled to numerous off the beaten track locations in various countries and had drinks and talked crap around once a week in that time Except if we've been busy or been away). He reckons I am his best pal. At the end of July, he resigned from his job because he felt that he couldn't carry on in his present health state. In reply to his resignation letter, his Employer said that he would have been fired anyway. As a consequence, his money is fast running out because he doesn't qualify for Job Seeker's Allowance. His Employer was also convinced that he was an alcoholic because of the amount of drink he consumed; about a bottle of red wine every evening and has done since he left the Army (2 NI tours). He can go for days without a drink and sometimes refuses it when offered. To give him a break, I invited him to my house last weekend to stay from PM Saturday to AM Monday. He asked if he could stay an extra day and I said yes. The closer it got to going home, though, the more agitated he seemed to get and began falling into deep sleep all the time, to the point where food was being wasted because he couldn't/wouldn't eat it. He became too tired for me to take him to appointments with his Doctor that I'd arranged for him. In desperation on Thursday, I called an ambulance because his depth of sleep and overall behaviour had become very odd. He asked me to pack his kit into his bergen and let me know that he was carrying 2 empty bottles around in it to "bulk it out" and to give it a "more familiar weight". True enough, he had 2 empty bottles; one of cheapish whisky and the other a not so cheapish brandy that's not readily available in the UK. Funnily enough, I had in the house at least 1 bottle of that whisky and and at least 1 litre of that brandy. I also found behind the bed settee a 1/4 full litre bottle of decent over-proof rum that is also not readily available over here and is expensive. Funnily enough, I have/had at least 3 bottles of that rum in the house and almost certainly not in the room where I found it. I would grateful for opinions on whether I should give him the benefit of the doubt? The hospital, incidentally, thought it would be a good idea for him to stay with me for a while; but I declined the invitation.