You can take steps today to stop
drinking. Your first step might be to see your doctor, contact a support group,
or set a date in the near future to stop. While some people can stop drinking
on their own, others need medical help to manage the physical process of
If you think you have an addiction to alcohol, talk
to your doctor about whether you need to withdraw from alcohol under medical
supervision. Your doctor can give you medicine that will help you safely
withdraw from alcohol. Other medicines might be prescribed later to help you
stay sober. With a doctor's help, withdrawal from alcohol is safer.
Stopping alcohol use can:
- Prevent or reduce health problems that are made
worse by alcohol use, such as liver damage.
- Prevent harm to your
unborn baby if you are pregnant.
- Reduce related family concerns or
- Increase your ability to be productive at
work, school, and home.
- Reduce legal problems that you might have
as a result of misuse of alcohol.
What resources are available to help you cut down on or stop alcohol use on your own?
Why should I stop drinking?
How to stop alcohol use
Where to get more information
More information about alcohol problems can be found in
Alcohol Abuse and Dependence,
Alcohol and Drug Problems, and
Teen Alcohol and Drug Abuse.
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