Spotting the signs of a drinking problem and raising the issue with someone you care about can be very difficult. But you don’t have to sit in silence and watch them suffer or get worse. We can help make sure you say the right thing, and offer the best support.
You’ll need to be calm and sensitive, but there are lots of techniques you can try to help your loved one realise the problem and suggest ways on how they can reduce their drinking.
As children grow older, they are likely to be faced with decisions about alcohol. Talking openly and honestly about drinking and its effects can have a really positive impact on teenagers and help them to make the right choices.
It’s important to understand the reasons why your teenager might be thinking about or turning to alcohol. Make sure they know that they can turn to you for help, advice and support with any problems.
Young people go through some big changes in their lives as they move into adulthood, and alcohol can play a big part during this time. It can be easy to develop drinking problems without the help and support of loved ones.
But if you can see the signs of over-drinking or alcohol dependency, it’s important to get help for those who need it. There are several specialist support programmes and referral services for young people under 24 in Salford.
If you are a carer for someone, you’re likely to be in the best position to see that person drinking too much and be able to spot the signs of a drinking problem.
You can suggest ways to help them cut down, and get additional, dedicated support from Salford Carers Centre. They specialise in helping carers who look after someone with chronic drug or alcohol problems.
DETECTING THE SIGNS:
- Increasingly tolerant to alcohol
- A change in their behaviour
- Hard to stop drinking once started
- Drinking in the morning (or wanting to)
- Thinking it’s what everyone else does
- Defensive when drinking is mentioned
- Making plans around alcohol