If you think you might be dependent on alcohol, talk with your doctor before trying to stop drinking.
If you are dependent on alcohol, you should stop drinking, not just cut back. If you are dependent, you might develop severe withdrawal symptoms if you stop drinking on your own.
Whether you are dependent on alcohol or not, or whether you are trying to cut back or quit, the first thing to do is get support. Ask your doctor, family, and friends to help you reach your goal.
Here are some ideas that may help you succeed.
Most importantly, do not give up. Most people do not cut down on or give up drinking all at once. This is okay. If you do not reach your goal the first time, try again.
|Primary Medical Reviewer||E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine|
|Specialist Medical Reviewer||Peter Monti, PhD - Alcohol and Addiction|
|Last Revised||January 18, 2012|
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