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Tuesday, October 16, 2018


Thanks for bringing this study to our attention. We have known for a long time that "Total abstinence might not be a necessary or appropriate goal for all treatment seekers." For more on the history an recent findings see our essay: Should dependent drinkers always try for abstinence? at https://findings.org.uk/PHP/dl.php?f=cont_drink.hot

Best wishes
Mike Ashton
Drug and Alcohol Findings Effectiveness Bank

Why are you going by a study done 28 years ago? So many things have changed, like drug use instead of alcohol.

Hi Phyllis,

Great point! Trends in substance use behaviors definitely might have changed over the past few decades. However, people with alcohol-related problems continue to experience negative consequences from their drinking behaviors, regardless of the decade they live in. It is important for us to consider all available information when making decisions about how we can best support people with alcohol-related problems.


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