College of Psychology: Faculty Articles

Title

It is Time for Low-Risk Drinking Goals to Come out of the Closet.

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

10-2011

Keywords

Alcoholics, Rehabilitation, Convalescence, Counseling, Drinking of alcoholic beverages.

Publication Title

Addiction

ISSN

0965-2140

Volume

106

Issue/No.

10

Abstract

The authors reflect on the physical benefit of low-risk drinking to recover from alcohol problems in the U.S. They attribute the remainder of low-risk drinking as a closet treatment goal to the refusal of clinicians to this evidence, notwithstanding research on their common occurrence. They note arguments that accepting low-risk drinking goal may lead to casualties such as the attempt of abstinent individuals to drink and the search of heavy drinkers to lessen rather than cease drinking.

DOI

10.1111/j.1360-0443.2011.03509.x