Phobias are very debilitating psychological issues which, if not treated in a timely manner can worsen and adversely affect the sufferer. Most people try to conceal their fears and often manage to get along. Most sufferers have trouble maintaining relationships or even holding down a job. There may be periods when a person does well, but they end up relapsing. The fact remains that alcoholics are more likely to suffer from phobias and individuals with phobia issues may become alcohol dependent. Phobic people have an increased risk of suffering from serious health issues as well.