When you want to stop drinking alcohol, your best chances of success come with seeking professional help. Alcohol abuse is a chronic, acute disease that alters your brain, so willpower alone is usually not enough to overcome this type of addiction. Also, painful and possibly life-threatening withdrawal symptoms could occur, making professional help necessary to stop drinking alcohol safely.\r\nWhat Is Alcohol Use Disorder?\r\nAlcohol use disorder (AUD) has two scenarios. One is where a person drinks regularly, can\u2019t control the amount or frequency of drinking, and experiences withdrawal symptoms when attempting to stop drinking alcohol. \r\n\r\nThe other scenario is someone who doesn\u2019t become physically dependent on alcohol, but drinks to excess once drinking has begun. This is also known as binge drinking. Withdrawal symptoms don\u2019t appear when the person stops drinking alcohol, but the negative effects can be just as profound.\r\nAn AUD Checklist\r\nHere is a checklist to see if you need professional help to stop drinking alcohol: \r\n\r\n \tHave there been occasions when you drank more, or for longer than you intended?\r\n \tHave you tried several times to decrease or stop your drinking, but failed?\r\n \tDo you spend a significant amount of time drinking or combatting hangovers?\r\n \tDo you have strong needs or urges for alcohol?\r\n \tDoes drinking or hangovers interfere often with home and family commitments?\r\n \tDoes drinking interfere with your job or school responsibilities?\r\n \tDo you still drink despite the problems caused with family, friends and co-workers?\r\n \tHave you lost interest in activities that used to be important or pleasurable, so you can drink instead?\r\n \tHave you gotten into situations during or after drinking that put you at risk (driving, violent situations, unsafe sex)?\r\n \tAre you drinking despite the physical and psychological consequences like anxiety, depression and other health issues?\r\n \tHave you experienced a blackout from drinking where you lost recall?\r\n \tDo you have to drink more to gain the same effects you used to feel?\r\n \tHave you found you had withdrawal symptoms, such as sleeplessness, shakiness, crankiness, anxiety, sadness, despair, agitation, nausea, excessive perspiring or hallucinations?\r\n\r\nStop Drinking Alcohol and Get Help for AUD\r\nIf you have had any of these symptoms within the past year, your drinking habits may be a cause for concern. The more symptoms you have, the more pressing it is for you to seek professional help as soon as possible. A health professional will assess your symptoms to see if you have an alcohol use disorder.\r\n\r\nTo get in touch with a health professional who can help, call Beaches Recovery at <a href='tel:8666050532'>866.605.0532</a> today. Your recovery could be just one phone call away.