Treatment Works for Most Problem Drinkers and Alcoholics


bacchus by Guido Reni Problem-free drinking over 16 years among people with alcohol use disorders.

A new report surveyed 420 problems drinkers over 16 years after seeking treatment and found that at the end of their first year;

  • 36% of participants reported abstinence from alcohol,
  • 16% reported non-problem drinking, and
  • 48% reported drinking with problems

That’s a 52% success rate.

Also, the 16% of people who were drinking in a problem-free manner had;

  • fewer days of intoxication,
  • fewer drinks per drinking day,
  • fewer alcohol dependence symptoms,
  • fewer alcohol-related problems,
  • less depression, and
  • more adaptive coping mechanisms.

The researchers concluded that; “Although some individuals report non-problem drinking a year after initially seeking help, this pattern of alcohol use is relatively infrequent and is less stable over time than is abstinence.”

The research report was; Ilgen MA, Wilbourne PL, Moos BS, Moos RH. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2008 Jan 1;92(1-3):116-22. Epub 2007 Aug 23. Problem-free drinking over 16 years among individuals with alcohol use disorders.

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