Second weekly instalment of the series on controlled drinking as a treatment goal traces the start of the controversy to early 1960s London, where psychiatrist D.L. Davies opened the first telling crack in the abstinence-only consensus. Gentlemanly as the reaction was, his findings were far from welcome. The fear which lasts to the present day was that “exceptions” such as those documented by Davies “make liars out of us when we tell a patient he is an alcoholic and can never drink again”.
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