Your response indicates that you are a mature woman who knows that the road ahead can be difficult--and will be--unless he has an awakening and recognizes that alcohol will drive him deeper into a serious illness.
If I were you, I would learn all that I could about
alcoholism and be prepared to make positive suggestions to him about
help for it if he continues. To tell you the truth, I'm a little surprised at a psychiatrist's recommendation to you that you just stand by him regardless. (In a way that's what he's saying, because he hasn't given you any idea on how to manage the situation for yourself when the drinking begins to strengthen--if it does.)
In this illness, particularly if the patient is drinking alcohol, the prognosis is not good, and that means that it's going to be difficult for you. Be prepared by taking steps to be informed, to be away from the home during times of his drinking bouts, and have good, close friends whom you may have diversions from the life of living with an alcoholic.
It is not an easy life to lead. I think that's why it surprises me that a psychiatrist would ask you just to hold on. I couldn't do what you are doing, but you have my prayers that he will come to his senses.
Take care of yourself first now and then take the steps you need to take if the time comes that he hits bottom, as many alcoholics will do before reaching a turning point in the illness. He's fighting a double battle with bipolar illness and alcoholism, and it will be up to him to bring himself out of it.
Strong religious values will help you through if you are a religious person.
My best wishes to you,
Post Edited (It's Genetic) : 3/22/2012 10:44:54 AM (GMT-6)