Emotional Abuse can it lead to physical abuse?

Patient

Q: Hello, I'm wondering if I am in an emotionally abusive relationship... Me and my boyfriend are for the most part happy, except when he drinks he lashes out at me.. He brings up my past and says I'm disgusting even though he knows it already bothers me. He calls me names. He asks how many people I've slept with. He gets mad at me for dreams that he has had about me cheating on him, and constantly reminds me that he finds out I'm cheating he will leave me lonely. He makes jokes about me and laughs, and tells me to stop being so sensitive. It's next to impossible to tell him to stop because he's drunk and if I end the conversation I get accused of ignoring him and he gets even more angry. And then we he wakes up and sobers up and apologizes and admits being wrong in what he said. Could this behavior escalate and Is there any way this issue can be resolved? Thank You.

Symptoms:  Emotional abuse
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