While most groupwork programmes offered to older people with alcohol dependencies are problem-centred, strengths-based philosophies suggest that following a strengths perspective could be more effective. However, in South Africa, which adopted a developmental approach towards social welfare, there is a lack of groupwork programmes specifically designed for alcohol dependent older people. This paper reports on the outcomes of a strengths-based groupwork programme for alcohol dependency in older people. The programme is unique in that it is based on a strengths perspective and it is reconcilable with South Africa's welfare approach. The study followed a mixed methods research approach in order to evaluate the programme holistically. Participants included eight older men, with an average age of 60 years, who were administered a group questionnaire. The findings revealed that the respondents' psychosocial functioning improved, in that their range of strengths increased and they had achieved, or were on a path towards, “ego integrity”. This programme is considered to complement existing treatment programmes. Recommendations for practice are discussed.