Do you remember what you did last night? And the night before, and the night before that? If you have mornings where you forget what you did the night before, it is time to take a serious look at your drinking habits. Alcohol addiction could mean that you drink every day; or that you drink to excess every week; or that you feel you can’t cope without alcohol. You don’t have to be permanently drunk to be addicted. Consider the effects that your drinking has at the moment. If you can honestly say that you hardly ever get drunk, you never do something you regret the next day, and you can cope without alcohol, then relax – you are out of the danger zone. But if your answer to any of these questions is “yes,” then you could be on a slippery slope. Alcohol addiction creeps up on people without warning. They believe that they have all the control, and feel, “It could never happen to me!” But, one day, they wake up realizing that they are out of control. The alcohol has taken over. They think it’s too late. They spiral into lack of self-respect, hurting their body, then their mind and spirit, and finally their loved ones. But the good thing is that it’s never too late. You can find stories of people who have had the most harrowing of experiences, going right into the gutter (often literally); yet, eventually, they did find out how to stop drinking alcohol and now they are completely free of that prison. How did these people do that? Well, each one has his own story. However, there are proven ways that help you tremendously. Because, you can’t do this by yourself. If you are addicted to alcohol, you will need help. One thing to remember is that there are a number of organizations to deal with such problems, from official government organizations, to charitable ones such as The Samaritans. Of the self-help tools available, there are books available in the library, and self-hypnosis CDs and downloadable MP3s (by reputable hypnotherapists). Other routes include getting help from the medical profession (e.g. CBT), and from complementary therapists. The more avenues you experiment with, the greater the chance of your success, because they all work together to make it more powerful. By combining professional help, self help, support from friends and family, and help from expert organizations, you can overcome this. And it’s power that you want: Aren’t you tired of being the slave to alcohol?