Harvard Mental Health Letter

Alcohol abstinence vs. moderation

Degree of dependence predicts which strategy works best.

 A debate that started in the 1960s remains an important one in the addiction field: is it possible to control problem drinking, or must the drinker give up alcohol completely?

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