‘Dangerous Data’ Part 8: Controlled Drinking: What Do the Authorities Say? An Effectiveness Bank Hot Topic
Official guidance on controlled drinking as a treatment goal from Britain’s National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, how the National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse saw the issue, and the textbooks which have drawn together the research and practice strands.
‘Dangerous Data’ Part 7: Controlled Drinking Versus Abstinence: Who Decides? An Effectiveness Bank Hot Topic
‘Dangerous Data’ Part 6: Evidence Accumulates and Expert Opinion Converges about Controlled Drinking as a Treatment Goal. An Effectiveness Bank Hot Topic
The heat dies down as it becomes clearer that both controlled drinking and abstinence have their place among the gaols for alcohol treatment patients, and evidence emerges about what types of patients do best with either objective.
Establishing fraud seemed the only way to fatally undermine the Sobells’ findings vindicating controlled drinking as a treatment goal, but inquiry after inquiry cleared the couple. Mary Pendery’s part in the campaign to discredit the findings ended with murder by a drunken former patient.