‘Dangerous Data’: Drinking after Dependence. An Effectiveness Bank Hot Topic

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Drug and Alcohol Findings
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First cracked in 1960s London, the orthodoxy that abstinence is the only acceptable and feasible treatment goal for ‘alcoholics’ seemed shattered in 1973 by evidence that even physically dependent patients could learn to drink in moderation. Controversy was fierce, reaching the US Congress, TV networks and the courts. Explore the fascinating history and contested research behind an issue facing every dependent drinker starting treatment.

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