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What is Alcoholism Research?

Ann Intern Med. 1976;85(6):821-823. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-85-6-821
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The treatment of alcoholism has not improved in any important way in 25 years, and alcoholism is becoming more prevalent, not less. The systematic and long-term collection of data has just begun, but we know the main facts. Only a minority of patients who enter treatment are helped to long-term recovery; the majority is made up of those who relapse soon and often and those who are lost to follow-up. Can present methods of treatment catch up with the problem? Consider New York City. The annual budget for alcoholism treatment exceeds 10 million dollars, but probably no more than 5000


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