I think my friend has an alcohol problem, what should I do?
– Want to Help a Friend!
Dear Want to Help a Friend,
It’s great that you’re willing to help your friend. Even if you think your friend doesn’t help, he or she probably does. According to a 2005 survey, 91% of freshmen agree that if their alcohol use caused problems for their friends, they would want their friends to tell them. Also, it may be helpful to know that many students (about three-fourths) are inconvenienced or hurt by others’ drinking choices. But these statistics don’t help you help your friend. Here are some tips: First, you have to recognize that it is a problem. What constitutes a problem?
Once you’ve determined that, it’s time to move to the next step: intervention.
Remember, you do not have to do this alone and there is a widespread network of people here to help you, including us at HOPE.
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