Heath and Aging

Older Adults and Alcohol: You Can Get Help

We did it—so can you!

Older woman who got help for a drinking problem and is now sober
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You can make changes in your drinking habits even if you are an older adult. Here are some stories about people who are like you. Each one has made changes in his or her drinking.

Sober for 4 years and going strong.

"I drank heavily from the time I was 22 until I was 69. I never thought I would be able to quit. But I did. It wasn't easy. I had a lot of help. I still take it a day at a time. It's been 4 years and so far, so good."

Found activities I enjoy.

"After I retired, I was bored. I suppose I drank to pass the time. My wife urged me to join her at the senior center. A group of us play cards a few times a week. Having fun replaced drinking, and I don't even miss it."

No drinking with medicines

“My doctor said now that I’m taking all these medicines, I shouldn’t drink at all. Having a few cocktails each night could cause even bigger health problems. I decided that the drinking wasn’t worth it.”

Publication Date: June 2011
Page Last Updated: April 27, 2017