April is Alcohol Abuse Awareness Month. Alcohol is the most commonly used additive substance in America, resulting in one in twelve adults becoming dependent. Alcohol dependency takes a toll on the body, leaving long term effects such as liver disease, pancreatitis, cardiovascular disease, stomach ulcers and more. Alcohol dependency, itself, is treatable, however. Signs of alcohol dependency include: Drinking to calm nerves or boost a sad mood, unsuccessful attempts to cut down or stop drinking, lying about or hiding drinking habits, feeling irritable, resentful, or unreasonable when not drinking, and experiencing medical, social, family, or financial problems due to drinking. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, talk to your provider. He or she can help you find a treatment program that is right for you.