Alcohol Use and Older Adults

Frequently Asked Questions

22. What kind of support is available to help me if I have a drinking problem?

Many people with alcohol problems find it helpful to talk with others about their drinking. They can meet one on one or in groups with a therapist or counselor who specializes in substance abuse. They may also meet in self-help groups, such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). AA's "12-step" program helps people recover from alcohol dependence. AA meetings are open to anyone who wants to stop drinking. Attending self-help groups is beneficial for many people who want to stop drinking. Many people continue to go to support groups even after medical treatment for their alcohol problems ends.