If you're addicted to alcohol, you likely already know that quitting drinking will improve your health and lower your risk for certain deadly diseases long term. Quitting will also help heal your broken relationships and allow you to move on to a happier, healthier future surrounded by family and friends. But quitting isn't as easy as not taking another drink. Your body has developed a dependency on alcohol. When you take alcohol away, you will go through withdrawal, which can be a painful, scary, and dangerous time.