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Recent Dev Alcohol. 1987;5:425-38.

Techniques to modify hazardous drinking patterns.


There is an enormous empirical literature evaluating and comparing the effectiveness of the many available intervention techniques for alcohol abuse. This chapter is restricted to a description and evaluation of methods designed to modify hazardous drinking patterns at early stages, before the emergence of severe problems and dependence. Thus, the methods described are not limited to interventions with an intended goal of total abstinence. Their common aim is to decrease the quantity and frequency of alcohol consumption to a level at which drinking no longer presents a significant risk to the individual's physical and psychological health. The complete cessation of drinking represents one way in which this can be accomplished, but a more common outcome is moderate and nonproblem drinking.

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