Hello, I am 16 years old and my father is an alcoholic. He has ruined my life and has been a problem for as long as I can remember. My mother use to tell me how much of a good man he was, but I have never seen this man. He has been unemployed for a little over 10 months now. My family does not have money because he uses all of it to buy beer and wine. My mother works long hard hours to pay bills and it is still hard to make ends meet. Now to top it off he got his 4th DUI today. I don't drink or smoke because I do not want to be anything like my father when I grow up. I often get made fun of at school because people say I do not know how to "have fun", but I can't tell them why I do not do that. When my father drinks he is very argumentative, we have gotten in fist fights before. I work out (lift weights), the main reason why I do this is to help my mother defend herself. Just a couple of months ago me and my dad got into a really big fight, he was yelling at my mother for money and he took her purse and started going through it, I then said "stop going through her stuff" and he pushed me, I think hit him and he feel, this fight went on a little longer but I don't feel like putting anymore details. I don't have anyone to talk to about this, I did have my ex girlfriend and we use to talk about this stuff all the time, she would let me vent. Now that I don't have her anymore I keep all of this in my mind and I just need to just let it out. That's about all I have to say for now, so thank you if you read this, please reply.