If you think you have a drinking problem, here are some things you can do:
|Get help for a drinking problem by joining a support group or talking with a healthcare professional or trained counselor.|
- Find a support group for older adults with alcohol problems.
- Talk to a healthcare professional  like your doctor.
- Ask about medicines  that might help.
- Visit a trained counselor who knows about alcohol problems and how they affect older adults.
- Choose individual, group, or family therapy, depending on what works for you.
- Join a 12-step program such as AA, which is short for Alcoholics Anonymous . AA groups offer support and have programs for people who want to quit drinking.
Check off the tips you will try to help you stop drinking:
- Remove alcohol from your home.
- Eat food when you are drinking—don’t drink on an empty stomach. When you drink, sip slowly.
- Say “no thanks” or “I’ll have a something else instead” when offered a drink.
- Avoid drinking when you are angry or upset or if you've had a bad day.
- Stay away from people who drink a lot and the places where you used to drink. Plan what you will do if you are tempted to drink.
- Call your doctor or other healthcare worker, the senior center near you, or your local Area Agency on Aging to find the names of places where you can get help.
- Reward yourself for not drinking! Use the time and money spent on drinking to do something you enjoy.
Have you been a heavy drinker for years or do you drink often? It is important to talk to your doctor before making a change in your drinking. There may be some side effects from a sudden change. Medicine can help.
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Wednesday, June 1, 2011