|Are you worried that a family member or friend may have a drinking problem? There are steps you can take to help.|
Marisol, John, and Thelma are all in a support group for people who have friends or family with a drinking problem. During a group meeting, they share their concerns and listen to what their group leader, Ted, suggests for how to help someone with a drinking problem.
Marisol: It’s hard to know what to do. When I try to talk to my friend about his drinking, he gets very upset and changes the subject. I want to help him, but I don’t want to lose him as a friend.
John: I’m worried that my mother takes a lot of medicines  and still drinks. I have no idea if her doctor knows this. I wonder if I should say something to her doctor, but I don’t want to betray my mother’s trust. I wonder how I can get her to talk to the doctor  about the drinking.
Thelma: Sometimes I think I shouldn’t say anything about my uncle’s drinking. Then something happens, like last week he fell and bruised his arm and face. I’ll bet he was drunk. How am I supposed to ignore that? I just don’t know if I should get involved or leave it up to his daughter. She does not seem to notice he has a problem.
Ted: You can’t force someone to get help, but there are steps you can take to help.
Follow these tips for helping a family member or friend who has a drinking problem:
Step 1: Talk.
Remember—you can’t make a person deal with a drinking problem. You can offer support and get help for yourself.