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Choose your approach

This section will be most useful for people who have become dependent on alcohol and thus may find it difficult to quit without some support. Several proven treatment approaches are available. One size doesn't fit all, however. It's a good idea to do some homework to find options that appeal to you, as you are more likely to stick with them. Chances are excellent that you'll pull together an approach that works for you.

Start with these suggestions for:

Don't give up
Changing habits such as smoking, overeating, or drinking too much can take a lot of effort, and you may not succeed with the first try. Setbacks are common, but you learn more each time. Each try brings you closer to your goal. Whatever course you choose, give it a fair trial.

If one approach doesn't work, try something else. If a setback happens, get back on track as quickly as possible. In the long run, your chances for success are good.

Research shows that most heavy drinkers, even those with alcoholism, either cut back significantly or quit.