I tried quitting on my own once, I know a lot of people have tried tons and tons of times on their own, but that's not my story.
I did try once, for a week. Life did got a little better, then I drank again, you know why, cause I'm an alcoholic and that's what we do without help. The rest of the time I was just trying to moderate my drinking, which never worked out. What I didn't get back then is that alcoholism is a progressive illness and if you keep drinking it gets worse. So after that 7 days, it got worse, way, way worse. Until I got help, I had no idea that there was any kind of solution. I hung around after my meeting today, because I have a lot going on right now and it's nice to be around people that understand me and that share the same solution.