Alcohol Use: Conversation starters

April 11th, 2011 by mike Leave a reply »

It takes courage to talk to a family member or friend about her drinking. Use these tips to help you get started.

Be honest about how you feel.

“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.

Here are some ideas that you can suggest:

“Set a drinking limit. Stick to your limit by writing down every drink.”

“Let’s take a night or two off from drinking each week.”

“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.

“Tell me when you are upset and 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?”

For more information about cutting back on alcohol, visit:  http://rethinkingdrinking.niaaa.nih.gov/

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