Hi everyone. I am currently 24 years old and trying to get help with alcohol abuse. I often find myself drinking too much, using the excuse that I need to "de-stress". I am a generally anxious person and for the past 8 years, I have been using alcohol as a crutch to help me "get through life." At first I only drank at parties as a social lubricant, but over time I started to drink even when I was at home by myself. I started to use alcohol to "numb" my feelings of low self-worth, to "cure" my generalized anxiety, and to distract myself from my depression. I started to think of drinking as medicine and something I needed. Since a year ago, I have been drinking every day. Sometimes I am "good" and only have 1-2 drinks after work, and other times I binge drink. I'm sure that my drinking has made me more depressed and exacerbated my problems. I lost a few friendships because I was too lost in my own world to maintain them. I have also missed work due to drinking too much the night before. About a year ago I tried to quit on my own using the "cold turkey" method. I didn't succeed and kept lapsing back into my old habits. Now I am trying to seek counselling and support. I am not sure where to turn, so I have started by making an appointment to see a GP. I am hoping they will be able to refer me to a counselor or psychiatrist. I'm really not sure what will happen or what the process of officially quitting will be like, which is why I have joined this forum. I look forward to reading your posts and meeting kindred spirits who are also on the road to recovery.