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If I drink excessively, should I give up alcohol on my own?

Howard J. Shaffer, PhD
Addiction Medicine
For people who drink excessively on a regular basis, quitting without medical supervision can be dangerous. In severe cases of alcohol addiction, stopping alcohol can trigger life-threatening seizures and possible visual or auditory hallucinations (delirium tremens, or DTs). If you are dependent on alcohol, withdrawal is risky and should be done under the supervision of a medical doctor.

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