Alcohol Use and Older Adults

Frequently Asked Questions

23. What kind of support groups are available to help me if I have a drinking problem?

Many people with alcohol problems find it helpful to talk with others who have faced similar problems. Mutual help groups, such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) “12-step” programs, help people recover from alcohol use disorder. AA meetings are open to anyone who wants to stop drinking.

Attending mutual-help groups is beneficial for many people who want to stop drinking. Many people continue to go to support/mutual help groups even after medical treatment for their alcohol problems ends. There are other mutual help groups available such as Smart Recovery, Life Ring, and Moderation Management.

Learn more about available types of treatment for alcohol problems.