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Do you know someone who drinks too much? Are you that person? Have you wondered lately if your habits are considered abusive? An alcoholic is an individual whose body is dependent on alcohol. Alcohol dependence is sometimes a gradual process that can start out slowly and take years to become a problem. It is a chronic disease that many can only overcome with complete abstinence. The alcoholic craves alcohol and can’t control how much they consume even when the results are devastating to their life emotionally with loved ones, at work and even financially.

If you exhibit any of the following symptoms, it’s time to get help.

1) You find yourself drinking alone.

2) You mask your alcohol in other drinks, hide your alcohol or drink secretly.

3) Once you start, you can’t stop.

4) You crave alcohol.

5) You black out and can’t remember anything that happened while you were under the influence of alcohol.

An individual, who is considered an alcoholic, often has signs of these symptoms along with other problems in their life associated with drinking. Some of these include alcohol related issues with the law, work problems caused by missing work due to overindulgence the night before, forgetfulness, and problems establishing and maintaining healthy relationships.

There are a variety of ways to seek support. Some individuals benefit greatly from one-on-one therapy with a specialist in the field, others enjoy the socialization that group environment such as AA brings, while many like the private and anonymous experience of taking alcohol and drug awareness classes online.

If you’ve read through this and feel that you are ready to make a change in your life, or know someone else that needs help, starting with an 8-hour online alcohol awareness class can prove highly beneficial. Do the research to find a good quality class that is designed by a currently licensed and practicing psychotherapist. This will insure that you are getting the most up-to-date information on skills and techniques to overcome addiction. Classes can be taken from any electronic device that has Internet access and are simple to use. You simply follow the registration process; click on the button next to the course length you are interested in and classes are available to you immediately.

The beauty of taking an alcohol class online is that you can sit in the relaxed, quiet atmosphere of your own home. No driving across town in traffic, no following a predetermined timeline, no paperwork, and no additional books to purchase. You can log in and out of the course as many times as you would like and the computer program keeps track of your last spot. And, if the individual is shy or embarrassed, this option allows for complete privacy.

A quality course will teach students about chemical and alcohol use and abuse. Clients will learn about how alcoholism affects their family, the health risks involved and specific skills to support the individual in stopping the behavior. Also, be sure to choose a program in which you can contact a live therapist for support and questions. Taking an alcohol awareness class provides the education necessary to help guide an individual on the path to sobriety.