Alcohol Use and Older Adults

Frequently Asked Questions

23. How can I tell if the treatment is working?

When treatment is successful, people have longer and longer periods without drinking alcohol. Finally, they are able to stop drinking or stick to healthy drinking limits. But treatment does not always work. Also, many people with alcohol problems do not even seek treatment. People with alcohol problems cannot be forced to get help, but family members and friends can support them when they are ready. For more information about dealing with alcohol problems, see www.rethinkingdrinking.niaaa.nih.gov.