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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.