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What should I do if I have an alcohol problem?

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If you're worried that you might have alcohol use disorder, don’t try to quit cold turkey on your own. The withdrawal can be dangerous. You can get help.

Talking with your doctor is a good first step. They can:

  • Tell you if you need assistance
  • Work with you to put together a treatment plan, possibly including medication
  • Refer you to a support group or counseling.

From: Do I Have an Alcohol Problem? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: 

Psychology Today: "What Are the Eleven Symptoms of "Alcohol Use Disorder"?

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism: "Alcohol Use Disorder: A Comparison Between DSM-IV and DSM-5," "What Is A Standard Drink?"

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on August 01, 2017

SOURCES: 

Psychology Today: "What Are the Eleven Symptoms of "Alcohol Use Disorder"?

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism: "Alcohol Use Disorder: A Comparison Between DSM-IV and DSM-5," "What Is A Standard Drink?"

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on August 01, 2017

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