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For 45 minutes the woman discussed her husband's distress and her own feelings of inadequacy as she struggled in vain to find ways to help him. I listened closely and suggested she contact a good counselor in her hometown - one familiar with alcohol use - to work with both of them. The conversation wouldn't have been particularly remarkable, except that she and I had just met for the first time on a brief airplane flight. I sat down next to her, said How's life? and she told me. In great detail.