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Alcohol and Aging: Getting Help


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If alcohol is having a negative impact on you, your family, or others, there are people and programs to help you.

You can also think about making lifestyle changes to support your own health and well-being.

Who to Call

If you or an older friend needs help, talk to your doctor or call one of the toll-free numbers below.

The B.C. Alcohol and Drug Information and Referral Service is confidential, multilingual, free, and available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week:

  • Call toll-free, 1-800-663-1441, or dial 2-1-1 in Metro Vancouver, Fraser Valley and Squamish-Lillooet regional districts
  • Text: 604-836-6381
  • For deaf and hearing-impaired assistance (TTY), call 604-875-0885

Lifestyle Changes

Think about your “triggers” – the things that make you want to take a drink. For example, maybe you drink to relax after a stressful day. Think about another way to relax, such as taking a walk or going to a movie.

Last Updated: August 1, 2013