After witnessing my younger brother's struggle with alcohol dependency and his death in 2005 at the age of 37,my own drink problem spiralled out of control so that by autumn 2006 several doctors had told me I would be dead by Xmas. This is how I turned it around by understanding how dependence works and the treatment regimes out there. This was written with a great desire to help others know how to do this and enjoy life again. Having spent time everywhere from emergency/ intensive care wards to an expensive residential rehab clinic to detoxing through a private clinic at home, I have been left in a regrettable position of some insight. I also take a look at the hypocrisy of alcohol advertisement regulation,and voice my desire for a complete ban of alcohol advertisement. Feb 2014 – I wince at my honest writing from 6 years ago, straight after quitting the booze, but it has helped to keep me sober over 6 years ( without the need for AA,etc ). I hope it helps. I do not gain financially from this true account.