Phone Counseling Can Coax Reluctant Alcoholism Patients Into Treatment

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Telephone counseling might be an effective primary care intervention for men who are not seeking treatment for their alcohol dependence or abuse.

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Men benefited more from the short-term telephone counseling used in the study, which appears in the August issue of the journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research.

Lead researcher Richard Brown, M.D., said that the study could empower time-strapped doctors to persuade reluctant alcoholism patients to seek treatment.

"The study shows that we shouldn't just give up on those alcohol-dependent patients who cannot or choose not to get treatment. If we can identify these folks in primary care waiting rooms and provide telephone counseling

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