Getting Help



You may be successful for a while, but soon return to drinking at your previous risk level or even more. If you find that you cannot cut down, you may have already developed an alcohol use disorder. You may need to try to quit drinking altogether or seek help to quit. Understand that help is available.

To get started:
  • Educate your friends and family: Talk to them about your desire to quit drinking and why. Let them know your goals and how they can help you.
  • Develop interests: Find interests that are new to you that do not involve drinking or your triggers to drinking. Find ways to spend your time that do not involve drinking.
  • New Social Group: Develop friendships that are not based on drinking. Find friends that have similar goals related to alcohol use.

If you find that you have done all of this and still have trouble cutting back or quitting, help is available.

If you are concerned that either you or someone in your family might have a drinking problem:
  • Talk to your primary medical provider (PMP).
  • You can also get help by calling a crisis hotline.
  • Support groups are also available in most communities.
  • Inpatient, partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient, and outpatient services are all options. Talk to your healthcare professional about what’s the best option for you.


More Resources

Learn more about at risk drinking, alcohol abuse and alcoholism by visiting the following websites.
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Sources:
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, National Institutes of Health
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc.
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)