You might think of a problem drinker as someone who can't live without alcohol, who's often drunk, or who drinks every day. Actually, a person's drinking can become a problem without obvious outward signs. Problem drinking is generally defined as an inability to quit or control one's use of alcohol. It often leads people to behave unwisely or inappropriately, and may cause them to act in ways that will later embarrass them, or endanger their health, life, or the lives of others. Recognizing there's a problem is the first step towards recovering from alcohol dependency. If you think you or someone you know might have a drinking problem, there are certain steps you can take towards increasing the chances for recovery. First and foremost, the problem should be acknowledged openly. Next, problem drinkers should limit the time they spend with people who encourage alcohol use, or who believe that dependency is the result of weak will. Lastly, a problem drinker should seek out the support of others who are attempting to recover. In addition, it's extremely important not to be afraid to seek professional help if the problem seems beyond control. For more information, consult a health care professional in your area.