Can I get an alcoholic to stop drinking?

In Alateen and Al‑Anon we learn that we did not cause the disease of alcoholism, we cannot control it, and we cannot cure it. We can do nothing directly to get an alcoholic to stop drinking. Persuasion, scolding, bitter silences, and tears may only put an alcoholic on the defensive. This could increase the alcoholic’s feelings of guilt, which can lead to more problems for us.

Our 12 Steps
Most frequent questions and answers

We admitted we were powerless over alcohol—that our lives had become unmanageable.

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