After withdrawal is complete, it is essential that you not begin drinking again. Alcohol treatment programs are important because they improve your chances of successfully staying off of alcohol. Only about 20 percent of alcoholics are able to abstain from alcohol permanently without the help of formal treatment or self-help programs such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). Of people who attend AA, 44 percent of those who remain free of alcohol for 1 year probably will remain abstinent for another year. This figure increases to 91% for those who have remained abstinent and have attended AA for 5 years or more.
With prolonged intake, individuals may develop Cushing's syndrome , marked by changes in the redistribution of body fat (leading to buffalo hump, moon face, appearance of abdominal striae), high risk of infections, acne and other skin lesions, osteoporosis (and higher risk of pathological fractures), changes in blood lipid levels and diabetes. Cushing's syndrome generally marks the onset of full-blown physical glucocorticoid dependence. If you are experiencing one or more symptoms of Cushing's syndrome, abrupt cessation may increase the risk of complications. A case study  suggested that people with tuberculosis, asthma and other pulmonary conditions can develop Cushing syndrome within 6 months with a dosage of 30 mg/day.