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  • Anyone can be affected by alcohol or other drug dependence.
  • However, it can be difficult to recognise the signs of dependence.
  • Becoming dependent on alcohol or other drugs means you rely on a substance to feel good or normal, or to cope with everyday life.
  • If you continue to use alcohol or other drugs despite knowing the harmful consequences, you could have developed a dependence.
  • If you think that you or someone close to you may have a drug or alcohol problem, speak with your local doctor or phone DirectLine on 1800 888 236. It’s free, anonymous, and available 24 hours.

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Reviewed on: 03-08-2022