Abstinence not required: Individuals with alcohol dependence may benefit from less drinking

Newswise Nov 08, 2018

Individuals who seek help for an alcohol use disorder (AUD) may be presented with either of two treatment goals: abstinence or no heavy-drinking days, which are approved by the Food and Drug Administration for use in testing medications to treat AUD. However, these goals may fail to work for individuals who seek to reduce their drinking. An alternative approach uses the World Health Organization (WHO) drinking risk levels—very high, high, moderate, and low—which are defined in...

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