It takes courage to talk to a family member or friend about a drinking problem. Use these tips to help you get started.
Be honest about how you feel.
“I care about you.”
“I worry about your health. Drinking too much puts you at risk for heart disease, stroke, some types of cancer, and liver problems.”
“Your drinking is affecting our relationship.”
Offer tips on how to cut back or quit.
“Set a drinking limit. Stick to your limit by writing down every drink you have.”
“Try taking a night or two off from drinking each week.”
“When we go out, we can stay away from bars or other places that make you want to drink.”
“If you are having trouble sticking to your limits, consider joining a support group or talking to a doctor.”
Support a change.
“Talk to me when you want a drink. We can go for a walk and talk instead.”
“Let’s enjoy activities that don’t involve drinking – like seeing a movie or working in the garden.”
“How else can I support you?”