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Ab­sti­nence Eas­ier Than Con­trolled Drink­ing

Some med­i­cal pro­fes­sion­als think prob­lem drinkers can learn to cut down on al­co­hol, while oth­ers ad­vo­cate avoid­ing it com­pletely. A re­cent Swedish study fol­lowed up with 201 al­co­hol-de­pen­dent pa­tients who started treat­ment two and a half years ear­lier. When peo­ple agreed with their care­givers about which goal to pur­sue, about 90 per cent of those who were at­tempt­ing ab­sti­nence were suc­cess­ful, ver­sus only 50 per cent of those aim­ing for mod­er­a­tion.

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