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J Clin Psychiatry. 1984 Dec;45(12):494-9.

Evaluation of lithium therapy for alcoholism.


The efficacy of lithium therapy for alcoholism was examined in 84 alcoholic volunteers admitted for rehabilitation. Subjects were randomly assigned to a lithium or placebo treatment condition for 18 months, and were reinterviewed monthly to document their compliance, drinking status, and mood. Two separate factors contributed to abstinent outcome: therapeutic serum lithium levels (greater than or equal to 0.4 mEq/L) and medication compliance. Recommendations are proposed for studying compliance effects in future treatment studies.

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