If you are worried about how much you are drinking or have a concern about a family member or friend contact your GP for advice. If someone is dependent on alcohol, they can experience withdrawal symptoms if they suddenly stop drinking, so it is important to seek medical advice.
Remember you don’t have to drink a lot to become dependent on alcohol. Anyone who drinks regularly can be alcohol dependent. For some people, alcohol is more important than their jobs, their families and being alive. You can avoid becoming dependent by having several drink-free days a week, according to the Chief Medical Officers’ low risk drinking guidelines.