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Addict Behav. 2004 Jan;29(1):221-3.

Only one in three people with alcohol abuse or dependence ever seek treatment.

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  • 1Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, 33 Russell Street, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5S 2S1.


The proportion of respondents who had a lifetime diagnosis of alcohol abuse or dependence who ever attended addiction treatment was determined using data from a Canadian population survey. Only one in three of these respondents had ever attended treatment for their alcohol concerns. Respondents' age and severity of alcohol problem (alcohol abuse versus dependence) were significantly associated with addiction treatment attendance.

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