“My therapist referred me to this alcohol recovery programs as he felt he couldn’t help me. I’ve had my ups and downs and I haven’t quit completely, but I have learned to control my drinking.”
Emma G, New Zealand
“I couldn’t afford to spend the money or time to attend a residential treatment center. I am so glad I found Dr. Peele’s program. It has given me the help and support I need without requiring a second mortgage on my house.”
Malcolm R, USA
“I spent years trying to quit drinking. I went to AA meetings and tried working the steps, but I always ended up back at the bar. Things changed for me once I found the Life Process Program. I finally found something that made sense to me and helped me quit drinking for good.”
John D, Australia
Questions about alcohol addiction
What is alcohol addiction or dependence?
Alcohol can be misused in many ways, from less to more severely. The World health Organization (WHO) states, “Alcohol misuse is a general term for any level of risk, ranging from hazardous drinking to alcohol dependence.” A useful short definition of alcohol addiction or dependence is: “continual drinking although drinking has clearly become harmful, even destructive, for the person and those close to them.”
How do I know if I have a drinking problem?
Only you can evaluate whether, and how severely, alcohol is adversely affecting your life. This level can vary over your lifetime. The World Health Organization currently recommends not more than 4 drinks on any day or 14 per week for men and no more than 3 drinks on any given day, or 7 per week for women. These are health-related guidelines – it is for you to decide for yourself if alcohol is unduly impacting other important areas of your life.
What are the symptoms of alcohol dependence?
Alcohol dependence and addiction include a change in tolerance level or withdrawal. A typical symptom of alcohol dependence would be when you find that drinking — or being sick from drinking — often interferes with taking care of your home or family. A full list of the symptoms of alcohol dependence can be found in our alcohol addiction FAQs page.
Will I suffer from withdrawal from alcohol if I stop drinking?
Not everyone experiences withdrawal from heavy drinking, including even severe AUDs. There is no definitive way to tell in advance. Once again, this is an individual question for you to assess through your own experience. However, if you have been drinking regularly and heavily, the chances you may have some withdrawal symptoms are increased. The severity can vary hugely from headaches and nausea to, in extreme cases, seizures and death.
Further Alcohol Addiction Resources
Explore our library of articles and useful information
Helping a Family Member with Alcohol Addiction
Has your friend, partner or other family member slipped into problem drinking? But you’re not sure what to do; you’re not even sure if you’re overreacting or not.
Alternatives to AA/12 Step Programs
There are several reasons why AA may not be the best fit. For some, they may not like being labelled an addict or alcoholic. Others may reject the strong spiritual foundation on which 12-step groups where created. And there are others who may reject the premise of powerlessness in their alcohol addiction.
Recovery means developing a sustainable, value-driven, purposeful life—a life worth living, one that contributes to other people’s lives, that is productive, that is healthy. In short – recovery is about purpose and meaning in life, not “sobriety” and meetings.
What is Harm Reduction Therapy and how do I practice it?
“Harm reduction” therapy is about focusing on obtainable improvement rather than absolute ideal outcomes, like complete and perpetual abstinence, which virtually never occur.
Court Ordered Treatment
Did you know that it is illegal for a court to sentence anyone to AA without offering them an alternative program? All courts which have decided on this issue (including two federal appeals courts and the highest court in New York state) have ruled AA is a religious organization, and that the state (as represented by the courts) cannot force an individual to seek a higher power (one that clearly is derived from the Christian God) without violating the First Amendment’s separation of church and state.
Alcohol Addiction FAQ’s
Dr Stanton Peele has been answering reader questions about Alcohol Addiction for over forty years. We have compiled some of the most popular questions on the following page.