If Scott Disick and Kourtney Kardashian have looked tense lately, it’s for good reason.

The couple have had their spirits dampened recently by the tragic loss of Scott’s mother, Bonnie, but it’s far from the only hit their union has suffered recently.

Distraught by the loss of his mother, with whom he was extremely close, Scott is reportedly hitting the bottle once again, a decision that’s negatively influencing his relationship with Kourt.

Scott is devastated,” a Kardashian insider tells Life & Style (via RadarOnline.com).

Despite her difficulty dealing with Scott when he’s partying, Kourtney is trying to empathize with rather than chastise him for his bad behavior.

“[She’s] giving him the sympathy he needs,” says the source. “Kourtney sees him heading down a bad path again; she’s trying to help him through this.”

When Scott’s behavior does get out of hand while drinking — something that’s been captured on a number of episodes of Keeping Up with the Kardashians — Kourtney tries to remind him what’s at stake.

“Lately she’ll say to him, ‘You have two kids. What are you doing to make them proud?’ And the answer is not much,” says the source.

While anyone who dresses like a yacht captain as much as Scott clearly enjoys a good party, his love — and dependence upon — Kourtney is a much stronger force in his life with the insider saying, “Without Kourtney, he’s a mess.”

Sources: Life & Style, RadarOnline.com