Hax: Family is making breakup harder

  • Article by: CAROLYN HAX
  • Updated: March 9, 2014 - 2:00 PM

Hi, Carolyn: I am 27 and recently broke up with my boyfriend of three years after eight months of excruciating deliberation. Although I love him, there were certain deal-breakers that would make building a life together fairly difficult. First, I want to plant roots near my family, across the country from our current city, and he doesn’t. Second, our lifestyles don’t exactly match up, and he drinks a little bit more than I would want my husband to drink. Some incidents include drinking — at 8 a.m. — warm white wine that was on the kitchen table from dinner last night; drinking to the point of speaking nonsense a few times a month; getting drunk at least three nights a week. I am fine with having some drinks, but he took it to extremes pretty often.

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