Faced with the biggest crisis of his political life, President Bush has hit the bottle again, The National Enquirer can reveal.
Bush, who said he quit drinking the morning after his 40th birthday, has started boozing amid the Katrina catastrophe.
Family sources have told how the 59-year-old president was caught by First Lady Laura downing a shot of booze at their family ranch in Crawford, Texas, when he learned of the hurricane disaster.
His worried wife yelled at him: "Stop, George."
"I do think that Bush is drinking again. Alcoholics who are not in any program, like the President, have a hard time when stress gets to be great," said Dr. Justin Frank, a Washington D.C. psychiatrist and author of "Bush On The Couch: Inside The Mind Of The President."
"I think it's a concern that Bush disappears during times of stress. He spends so much time on his ranch. It's very frightening."
UPDATE: Gawker has an image of the NatEnq spread here