This is a hard question to answer, as there is so many different opinions on the subject.
I am an alcoholic who could never have stopped drinking with willpower alone.
Once I had crossed that line into alcoholism,my willpower was as much good as a chocolate teapot.I required mental health counseling and medication to help me stop.
I could go into all my problems, including sexual abuse, and use them as an excuse for my drinking,but the choice was mine and mine alone.
I needed a medical detox to help me stop and take antabuse to help me stay away from that first drink.
The one thing I do know is that I can never return to being a social drinker.I have tried this and failed too many times.Once you have developed an addication abstainance is the only answer.