It can be incredibly difficult to know what to do or how to help someone who has a drinking problem. First, know that your desire to help is admirable and any hesitancy you may feel in bringing up the issue is completely normal. Also know that, in most cases, individuals must be ready to take the necessary steps before healing is possible. That being said, expressing your concern can not only bring attention to the issue, but it can also help your loved one recognize that they may be headed down a bad path. Remember, while you cannot fix the problem or force your loved one to get help, there are some things you can do to show that you care, and you are there to support them. These include learning everything you can about alcohol’s effects and alcohol abuse/addiction, choosing the right time to talk to your loved one, focusing on your concern for your loved one’s wellbeing, and emphasizing results. It is also important that you expect pushback and even denial, and you should prepare a plan that includes concrete steps to take next. When bringing up your concerns to your loved one, it is important that you avoid lecturing, shaming, or threatening, as these approaches can backfire. As much as possible, you should also avoid enabling your loved one or looking the other way when they engage in destructive behavior. Most importantly, make sure you care for your own mental and emotional health. Don’t let your loved one’s drinking consume your life. It can be extremely beneficial to seek out support for yourself; groups like Al-Anon can allow you to stay connected with others going through similar experiences.