Between 6-21% of alcoholics commit suicide compared to 1% of the general population of the U.S. and the U.K. The period of increased risk of suicide appears to be shortly before or after a loss of a major affectional relationship. White middle-aged alcoholics losing social status, occupational role or an interpersonal relationship are very vulnerable. Specific support by the physician at a divorce could include hospitaliztion or psychiatric care. Few alcoholic patients commit homicide.