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There is nothing wrong with drinking alcohol in moderation; however, it is important to recognize when drinking has turned into a serious, life-threatening problem. Following is an overview of the most common signs of alcohol dependence, what such dependence does to one’s physical and mental health and some tips and ideas for getting rid of an alcohol addiction for good.

Signs of Alcohol Dependence

A person who drinks more than he or she should often feels guilty about drinking and attempts to hide it from family and friends. This leads to withdrawal from social life, lying about present or past activities and/or making excuses to avoid being around other people.

Alcoholics also find that they need to drink more and more in order to feel good. They often drink more than they intended to and frequently do not remember what they said or did when drunk.

Physical Damage

Drinking too much alcohol wreaks havoc on one’s health. It causes anemia, heart problems, fibrosis of the liver and even certain types of cancer. Over-drinking also weakens one’s immune system, leaving an alcoholic more susceptible to disease than he or she would be otherwise.

Alcohol also has a negative impact on the brain, even after the “high” has worn off. A person who regularly drinks too much over a prolonged period of time will lose mental and/or physical coordination skills, making it harder for such a person to complete important tasks than before.

Getting Help

It is not easy to stop drinking, especially for those who have long-term problems with alcoholism. In fact, many people who try to kick the habit on their own experience severe withdrawal symptoms such as nausea, anxiety, fatigue, depression and headaches. For this reason, it can be a good idea to seek professional help from an in-house treatment center with detox facilities. Such facilities may offer holistic, religious and/or other special forms of therapy and/or treatment, depending on the nature of the place in question.

On the other hand, those who have had only a short-term problem with alcohol consumption may be able to quit with the help of family members and friends. It is also possible to attend an out-patient treatment center and/or join group therapy sessions.

Alcoholism is a serious problem. It may start off slowly but causes irreversible problems if not dealt with. Thankfully, there are various treatment options for a person who needs help to stop drinking. Any individual can get rid of alcohol dependence with professional help and/or the help of caring family members and/or friends.