Alcohol Abuse and Dependence - Topic Overview
If you feel you have an alcohol problem, get help. Even if you
are successful in other areas of your life, visit a doctor or go to a self-help
group. The earlier you get help, the easier it will be to cut back or quit.
Helping someone with an alcohol problem is hard. If you're
covering for the person, you need to stop. For
example, don't make excuses for the person when he or she misses work.
You may be able to help by talking to the person about what his or her
drinking does to you and others. Talk to the person in private, when the person
is not using drugs or alcohol and when you are both calm. If the person agrees
to get help, call for an appointment right away. Don't wait.