I think I am dependent on alcohol, how do I stop drinking?
If you drink alcohol heavily over a prolonged period of time, your body can become dependent on it. Even if you want to stop drinking, it can be difficult because of the withdrawal symptoms that you can experience as a result of stopping. You may already have recognised this and are drinking steadily to make sure you’re always ‘topped up’.
Stopping drinking overnight can be risky, depending on your health and dependency on alcohol. If you think you might be dependent, speak to your GP or Alcohol Counsellor about how to prepare, possible withdrawal symptoms to expect, ways of coping, medications for alcohol withdrawal, next steps after detox before attempting to stop drinking. Tayside Council on Alcohol (and other organisations in the Help section) provide support and help for stopping drinking.